Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The space shuttle Discovery will be presented nose-to-nose with the space shuttle Enterprise at the Udvar-Hazy Center on Thursday. This is the last chance to see the Enterprise before it leaves for New York.
THURSDAY - WELCOME DISCOVERY CELEBRATION • 8 a.m. – The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center will open its parking lot and building two hours early, at 8 a.m. McDonald’s will be open as well. Parking is $15, admission to the museum is free. • 9 a.m. – The outside ceremony area will open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. • 11 a.m. – Discovery will arrive at the Udvar-Hazy Center for the transfer ceremony. Music will be performed by the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. Discovery crew members will be in attendance. The space shuttles Discovery and Enterprise will be placed nose-to-nose. • 11:30 a.m. – The transfer ceremony will begin. The National Anthem will be sung by mezzo soprano Denyce Graves. Speakers include NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Crowds gather at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center to watch the Discovery space shuttle land at Dulles Airport. The shuttle will be on display at the museum starting Thursday.
Space Shuttle Discovery lands at Dulles after extended fly-over Washington, D.C., area.
The space shuttle Discovery landed at Dulles International Airport at 11:05 a.m. after an extended series of fly-overs around the Washington, D.C., area, providing hundreds of thousands of onlookers spectacular views as it approached. The landing was covered live by NASA TV, which is still broadcasting the shuttle as it is tended to on the tarmac. The specially-designed Boeing 747 transport aircraft with Discovery on its back flew over the Dulles area at about 9:30 a.m., then flew into Washington, D.C., to fly around the National Mall and U.S. Capitol, before returning to Dulles to land. Workers will spend two days preparing Discovery to go on display at its final retirement home at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center at…
Monday, April 16, 2012
The space shuttle Discovery will be flying into Dulles Airport on Tuesday, followed by events welcoming the shuttle to the Udvar-Hazy Center on Thursday, Friday and through the weekend.
TUESDAY - DISCOVERY LANDS • 8 a.m. – The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly will open its parking lot (and the McDonald’s) at 8 a.m. for those who want to watch the shuttle come into Dulles Airport from that location. The Smithsonian Institute says the parking lot will be the best location for watching. Bring a lawn chair and your breakfast. Parking is $15, the museum is free. • 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. – The building will be open for regular hours, until 5:30 p.m. The Engen Observation Tower will be closed to the public. • 10 a.m. – The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747, will bring Discovery to Dulles International Airport between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The airplane will fly over the Washington D.C. area before landing. The …
Friday, March 2, 2012
The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will celebrate the arrival of the space shuttle Discovery with a four-day festival in April.
Friday, March 2, 2012
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will have a series of activities happening to celebrate the arrival of the space shuttle Discovery in April. The events begin when the shuttle comes to the Washington, D.C. area on April 17. Discovery will be transferred from NASA to the museum in a public ceremony on April 19 at the Udvar-Hazy Center, and there will be a four-day festival of space-related activities, performances, appearances, films, displays and more. The festival, dubbed Welcome Discovery, is being presented with help from NASA and support for the shuttle’s transfer is being provided by Boeing and Lockheed Martin. All of the events are free and open to the public, though parking at the Udvar-Hazy Center is $15 per vehicle. …