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Check the sky for the space shuttle Discovery mounted on a space shuttle carrier

discoveryCheck out the sky April 17 in mid morning and you are likely to see NASA’s 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with the space shuttle Discovery mounted on top flying over, according to a press release from NASA.

The shuttle will fly approximately 1,500 feet above various parts of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area between 10 and 11 a.m. NASA Television and the agency’s web site will provide live coverage.

The exact route and timing of the flight depend on weather and operational constraints, according to the release. However, the aircraft is expected to fly near a variety of landmarks in the metropolitan area, including the National Mall, Reagan National Airport, National Harbor and the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center. When the flyover is complete, the SCA will land at Dulles International Airport.

Discovery completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles, according to the release. NASA will transfer Discovery to the National Air and Space Museum to begin its new mission to commemorate past achievements in space and to educate and inspire future generations of explorers.

If the flight must be postponed for any reason, NASA will issue a release.

For more information about NASA’s transfer of space shuttles to museums, visit http://www.nasa.gov/transition. For information about NASA and agency programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov.

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