Shuttle's final salute caps off 30 years of Discovery (51 images)

NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery flew it's final flight on April 17, 2012, soaring over Washington, D.C. on it's way to a permanent installation at Dulles International Airport. After 30 years, NASA ended the space shuttle program last summer.
Updated: April 17, 2012 at 2:01 PM
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After serving the US Space Program for nearly 30 years, NASA's space shuttle "Discovery" makes its final departure from its "home base" the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on April 17, 2012. The orbiter and the shuttle carrier aircraft took off shortly before 7:00 AM from the Shuttle Landing Facility's Runway 33. Discovery is headed for the Smithsonian Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport in Chantilly, Virginia near Washington DC., where it will be placed on permanent display for public viewing. .UPI/Joe Marino-Bill Cantrell
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