Photos: Discovery Settles in at Udvar-Hazy

Two days after the space shuttle Discovery took a victory lap over the region, crews were prepping to move the shuttle into its cushy new retirement digs.

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A military band played as the Discovery and Enterprise spent some quality time together on the tarmac at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
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Discovery was towed to the Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center from Dulles International Airport.
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The space shuttle Discovery (R) stood nose-to-nose with space shuttle prototype Enterprise at the Udvar-Hazy Center. To make room for Discovery, the Enterprise is headed to New York's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
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Enterprise (L) will travel to New York on top of the same modified jumbo jet that brought Discovery up from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday.
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Discovery plays hide-and-seek.
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Former astronaut and former U.S. Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio) attended the ceremony along with other astronauts and 14 former commanders of Discovery.
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Discovery is the oldest and most traveled vehicle from NASA's space shuttle program, and will replace the Enterprise at the museum.
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CHANTILLY, VA - APRIL 19: In this handout provided by NASA, the space shuttle Enterprise rolls from the Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center prior to a transfer ceremony April 19, 2012, in Chantilly, Virginia. Enterprise, which is being transferred to New York City, is being replaced by the space shuttle Discovery at the museum. (Photo by Paul E. Alers/NASA via Getty Images)
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After the ceremony, crews will wheel Discovery into its new spot at the museum. It'll be on view as part of the permanent collection beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 20.
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These boys -- including one with his own version of a space shuttle costume -- were among the 8,000 to 10,000 guests expected at the Udvar-Hazy Center's ceremony Thursday.
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Discovery, which first launched in 1984, is showing its age. "We don't want it to look brand-new; we want it to look like it did when it last landed," said Valerie Neal, space shuttle curator of the Air & Space Museum, referring to the Discovery.
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John Glenn stands in front of the space shuttle that brought him back into space at age 77.
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Former astronaut and former U.S. Senator John Glenn (D-Ohio) spoke to the crowd at Thursday's ceremony. Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth and the third American in space, famously returned to space on the Discovery in 1998, at age 77.
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Stephanie Harris wore a homemade space shuttle hat at Thursday's ceremony.
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Two days after the space shuttle Discovery took a victory lap over the region, crews are prepping to move the shuttle into its cushy new retirement digs.
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The space shuttle prototype Enterprise was backed out of the hangar at the Air & Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center that will now be home to Discovery instead.
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The Enterprise will fly on the back of the same jumbo jet that brought Discovery to town. The prototype will make its new home in New York at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on the West Side of Manhattan.
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Those attending Thursday's open-to-the-public ceremony will notice the two shuttles look very different. Enterprise was a prototype that never went into orbit; Discovery flew 39 missions -- more than any other shuttle in the fleet -- and launched the Hubble into space. "It's a little more weather-beaten," said Valerie Neal, space shuttle curator of the Air & Space Museum, referring to the Discovery. "It's survived atmospheric re-entry 39 times; it's heated up to about 3000 degrees Fahrenheit."
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Very early Thursday, Discovery was decoupled from the modified jumbo jet that brought it to Virginia from Florida. Here, it's suspended from a sling held by two cranes shortly after the jet was pushed back from underneath it at Dulles International Airport.
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Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASA's shuttle fleet, completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles.
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Discovery was the first shuttle to fly again following both the Challenger and Columbia disasters. It also launched the Hubble into space. See more facts about Discovery here.
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NASA Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana addressed workers prior to the start of their work to decouple Discovery from the jet that carried it from Florida on Tuesday morning.
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Cranes raise a sling in preparation for the decoupling on Wednesday night. The process was completed early Thursday.
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Discovery, on top of a modified jumbo jet, soared above the D.C. region on Tuesday, captivating crowds and sending people into the streets to snap pics of the stunning view.
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