Discovery Mated To Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (KSC-2012-2292)

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    At the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with space shuttle Discovery secured to its back is parked on the tarmac awaiting departure from Kennedy tomorrow morning. The aircraft, also known as an SCA, is a Boeing 747 jet, originally manufactured for commercial use, which was modified by NASA to transport the shuttles between destinations on Earth. The SCA designated NASA 905 is assigned to the remaining ferry missions, delivering the shuttles to their permanent public display sites. NASA 905 is scheduled to ferry Discovery to the Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia on April 17, after which the shuttle will be placed on display in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. For more information on the SCA, visit www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/FactSheets/FS-013-DFRC.html. For more information on shuttle transition and retirement activities, visit www.nasa.gov/transition. Photo credit: (NASA/Tim Jacobs)

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    1. Andrew Broadfoot 24 months ago | reply

      Nice wide angle shot!

    2. thepretenda 24 months ago | reply

      SHHHHHH - HE DOESN"T KNOW I'M UP HERE!!

    3. prashanth_004 24 months ago | reply

      I wonder if that Boeing is specially made, cuz can the roof (or whatever that's called) of the Boeing support such huge wait?

    4. Unlucky_Alf [deleted] 24 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot.

    5. James Dyson 24 months ago | reply

      Great shot now on my desktop :)

    6. gsol 24 months ago | reply

      End of an era. The fact it was taken with the sun going down adds to that feeling.

    7. ep_jhu 24 months ago | reply

      I've taken the day off from work and can't wait to see it fly overhead!

    8. Sandarwai...Maria E. 24 months ago | reply

      It's a stunning picture!

    9. jimctu [deleted] 24 months ago | reply

      fantastic!

    10. AtomDocs 24 months ago | reply

      How does the shuttle affect the aerodynamics?

    11. Spillone 24 months ago | reply

      Bye bye Discovery, hope to meet you soon ;-(

    12. Mike Wood Photography 24 months ago | reply

      classic wide angle shot. one last time.

    13. Disnoid Steve 24 months ago | reply

      No wonder aliens haven't visited yet. They take one look at this thing and decide to come back after we're done with mating season!

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