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Photos: Discovery Soars Over DC

Crowds were out in force to watch as the space shuttle soared over local landmarks Tuesday, riding on the back of a modified jumbo jet.

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After 39 missions -- more than any other space shuttle -- Discovery flies by the Washington Monument during a flyover of the nation's capital, en route to retirement. The shuttle was mounted atop a modified jumbo jet.
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Schoolchildren on a tour watched as the space shuttle Discovery soared over the U.S. Capitol.
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Nicole Stott (from left), Mike Barratt, Steve Bowen, Eric Boe and Steve Lindsey were the last crew of the space shuttle Discovery.
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Discovery passes over the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center on Tuesday morning. It swooped over many local landmarks on its way, including the White House, Capitol and National Mall, plus National Airport and National Cathedral.
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Discovery journeyed from Florida to its final resting place in Virginia on Tuesday. Hundreds of people arrived early in the morning at the Udvar-Hazy Center to watch the arrival of the shuttle from the parking lot.
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People on a rooftop watched as the space shuttle Discovery rides atop a jet as it flew over D.C. landmarks.
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Discovery flies over Arlington, Va., where it swooped past National Airport.
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Discovery -- which first launched Aug. 30, 1984 -- was tethered to the back of a modified jumbo jet for its journey from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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Discovery made several swoops over the nation's capital on its final trip en route to retirement. The longest-serving orbiter in the space shuttle fleet was flown from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to be transferred to the Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center.
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A young boy wears an astronaut costume in the parking lot of the Udvar-Hazy Center. Hundreds of people gathered at the museum early Tuesday morning to watch the arrival of the space shuttle Discovery, tethered to the back of a modified 747 jumbo jet.
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Hailey Osborne, 12, gets a little adjustment help from her sister Maddie Osborne, 11, while trying on a toy space helmet in the gift shop at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center.
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A man on a rooftop watches as Discovery flies past in Arlington, Va.
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The space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, prepares to land at Washington Dulles International Airport during its final trip. The longest-serving orbiter in the space shuttle fleet was flown from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to be transferred to the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
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Discovery rides atop a modified jumbo jet as it flies past Washington en route to a flyover in Arlington, Va. The retired shuttle was traveling to Dulles International Airport en route to retirement at the Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center.
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Discovery, mounted atop a 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, flies over the U.S. Capitol during a flyover of the D.C. region on its final trip, en route to retirement in Virginia.
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The oldest and most traveled vehicle in NASA's space shuttle program, Discovery will be placed on permanent display at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
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Discovery, on the back of a modified 747 jumbo jet, passes over the Udvar-Hazy Center.
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Four-year-old Alex Mendez of Sterling, Va., wore a space shuttle costume while he waited with hundreds of others for the arrival of Discovery.
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Special guests watched Discovery's arrival from the observation deck of the Udvar-Hazy Center on Tuesday morning.
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Having served more missions than any other space shuttle (39), Discovery was flown from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the D.C. area to be transferred to the Udvar-Hazy Center.
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Crowds gathered to watch the arrival of the space shuttle Discovery at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center. Hundreds of people arrived early in the morning to watch the arrival of the shuttle from the parking lot of the center.
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Discovery was tethered to the back of a modified 747 jumbo jet for its final journey.
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People gathered to watch and photograph the space shuttle Discovery as it flew over the Udvar-Hazy Center.
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The gift shop at the Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center displays large photographs of Discovery for its arrives on April 17.
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Kids and their parents cheered and clapped after Discovery flew over the Udvar-Hazy Center. The oldest and most traveled vehicle in NASA's space shuttle program, Discovery will be placed on permanent display at the museum.
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CHANTILLY, VA - APRIL 17: People gather to watch the arrival of the space shuttle Discovery, teathered to the back of a modified 747 jumbo jet, at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center April 17, 2012 in Chantilly, Virginia. Hundreds of people arrived early in the morning to watch the arrival of the shuttle from the parking lot of the center. The oldest and most traveled vehicle in NASA's space shuttle program, Discovery will be placed on permanent display at the museum. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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