Space Shuttle Discovery Takes a Tour of Washington, D.C.

This morning, the space shuttle Discovery, riding atop a 747 shuttle-carrier, flew from Kennedy Space Center in Florida up to … Continued

This morning, the space shuttle Discovery, riding atop a 747 shuttle-carrier, flew from Kennedy Space Center in Florida up to Washington, D.C. to its final resting place at the Smithsonian. Along the way it took a tour of the capital, where it was photographed by everyone with a camera, because how often do you see a space shuttle flying around? There aren’t any pictures of the shuttle stopping to see the cherry blossoms, but there are plenty of it zooming past Washington landmarks. Check some out in our gallery below.

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The Shuttle Departs Kennedy Space Center…

Leaving Florida, heading north.

…Flies By the Labor Department…

People stand on the roof of the Labor Department building to watch as the shuttle takes its final (assisted) flight.

…The Capitol Building…

Next stop on the shuttle’s tour of our nation’s capital: the Capitol Building.

…The Capitol Building and This Guy…

A closer shot of the shuttle zooming over the Capitol building.

…The Library of Congress…

Over the Library of Congress’s Jefferson Building.

…Gets a Close-Up…

The shuttle aboard its 747 taxi, looking a little bit worse for wear. I mean, I know it’s been to space, but maybe a wash?

…And Has Adorable Fans

Aw forever.