Space Shuttle Discovery Is On Its Last Flight

The retired space shuttle Discovery, sitting atop a jumbo jet, just began its trip from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in the Northern Virginian suburbs of Washington, D.C.

As we reported Monday, Discovery is due to fly over some of the landmarks around the nation’s capital between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. ET.

We’ll keep an eye on the mission, which NASA is webcasting here, and update with highlights.

NPR’s Nell Greenfieldboyce had much more about Discovery’s last trip, and those of the other now-retired shuttles, on All Things Considered.

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