Friday, April 27, 2012
The space shuttle that formerly made its home at the Smithsonian Air & Space's Udvar-Hazy Center left for New York today, a few days later than planned.
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Friday, April 27, 2012
Enterprise Makes Its Final Flight by Stevens Miller The glide-test shuttle Enterprise left Loudoun County from Dulles Interational Airport at 9:30 this morning for its new home on the deck of the USS Intrepid in New York. Enterprise was visible as it departed to the north from eastern Loudoun, with much less fanfare than surrounded the arrival of its cousin, Discovery, a few days ago. Discovery will replace Enterprise (originally named Constitution, but renamed to Enterprise by President Gerald Ford after fans of the original TV series Star Trek mounted a letter-writing campaign) on permanent display in the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum. Unlike Discovery, Enterprise never flew in space. Instead, it was used in the 1970s for unpowered …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Forecasts of inclement weather forced officials to delay the space shuttle's departure to New York until Friday.
Update: Tuesday, April 24 11 p.m. NASA officials have rescheduled the Enterprise again. The new tentative date is Friday, April 27. Update: Monday, April 23 10 p.m. NASA officials have tentatively rescheduled the Enterprise departure for Wednesday, April 25. The flight is expected to occur between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Original Post: NASA released a statement Friday announcing the postponement of Enterprise's departure to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York, NY, because of bad weather. Mounted atop the same Boeing 747 that carried the Discovery from Florida to Virginia, the Enterprise was scheduled to leave Dulles Airport Monday morning for New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. "To ensure a safe flight for …
Friday, April 20, 2012
"We must count ourselves among the most fortunate people of all times," famed astronaut tells thousands who came to see the space shuttle.
Astronaut John Glenn addressed thousands of people at a ceremony to welcome the space shuttle Discovery to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly on Thursday. In his speech, Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth and who at age 77 was the oldest person ever to go up into space, said that Discovery's retirement was premature. Yet Glenn, who was also the third American to travel to space, believes there's still a hopeful future for NASA's last shuttle. "Today, Discovery takes on a new vision. Less dynamic, perhaps, but nonetheless important. It will be on display not only as a testament to the events of our time, but also as an inspiration to future generations," Glenn said. "It will be a symbol for our nation of space flight …
Space shuttle Discovery arrived at the Air and Space Museum's Chantilly site Thursday.
The space shuttle Discovery rolled up nose-to-nose next to the shuttle Enterprise Thursday at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly. Enterprise will head to New York City next week, while Discovery has found a permanent home in Chantilly. Former Discovery crew members were on hand to share in the day's festivities, in addition to several prominent speakers. The speakers included NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough, National Air and Space Museum Director Gen. J.R. "Jack" Dailey, former senator and astronaut John Glenn and Chair of Smithsonian Board of Regents France Córdova. Related coverage: Welcome Discovery Festival Events Crowds Greet Discovery With Excitement, …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The space shuttle Discovery is transferred from NASA to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly.
The space shuttle Discovery landed at Dulles Airport on Tuesday, April 17 to take the place of the space shuttle Enterprise at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. The museum continued to celebrate the arrival of the Discovery with a transfer ceremony on Thursday that featured several honored guests including John Glenn and other Discovery crew members. On Monday, the Enterprise will be taken to New York on the same Boeing 747 that carried the Discovery on Tuesday. Have photos from the ceremony? Upload them!
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
Thousands were present to witness Discovery's final landing on the back of a Boeing 747.
After decades of missions, almost a year in space and soaring nearly 149 million miles through the heavens, Discovery—NASA's last space shuttle—made its final voyage on the back of a Boeing 747 to Dulles International Airport on Tuesday. Hundreds of people on the roof of a parking garage at Dulles greeted Discovery with cheers of excitement and awe as it soared past an American flag on its first flyover of the metropolitan area. Several small children jumped up and down, waving their arms. A retired Air Force pilot eagerly scanned the horizon with a pair of binoculars, as his daughter perched on a small concrete column to get a better view. Many were well aware that the flight marked the end of an era, such as sixth-grader Lindsay Yentz, …
Air traffic sat still as Discovery made four flyovers at Reagan.
Heather Manoogian and her four daughters joined hundreds of others from the Washington area to get a glimpse of the Space Shuttle Discovery. The shuttle will now call the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center home since it was retired. As the shuttle appeared from behind some nearby trees, Manoogian’s daughters yelled, “There it is!” “We’ve always wanted to see the shuttle take off and never made it,” said Manoogian of Damascus, Md. “This was a chance of a lifetime.” Air traffic at Ronald Reagan National Airport sat still on the ground as the Boeing 747 transport plane carried the shuttle for four flyovers. People who couldn’t make there way into the parking lot at Gravelly Point Park parked along the roadways to get pictures of the shuttle. …
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…
Web cams are also set up in hangars to watch activities before and after arrival.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Space junkies who aren’t able to find a good spot to watch the Space Shuttle Discovery during its final flight to Dulles Airport, its ultimate move to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, have options. NASA will stream live video throughout the day, which is embedded above. In addition, web cams have been set up in the hangar where the Discovery will be prepped for show. Later this week, the shuttle will become the latest attraction for the Udvar-Hazy Center, available for all to visit.