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 For more information on shuttle transition and retirement activities, visit Photo credit: (NASA/Tim Jacobs)

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    1. Andrew Broadfoot [deleted] 35 months ago | reply

      Nice wide angle shot!

    2. thepretenda 35 months ago | reply


    3. prashanth_004 35 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] 35 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot.

    5. James Dyson 35 months ago | reply

      Great shot now on my desktop :)

    6. gsol 35 months ago | reply

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

    7. ep_jhu 35 months ago | reply

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

    8. Sandarwai...Maria E. 35 months ago | reply

      It's a stunning picture!

    9. jimctu [deleted] 35 months ago | reply


    10. AtomDocs 35 months ago | reply

      How does the shuttle affect the aerodynamics?

    11. Spillone 35 months ago | reply

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

    12. Mike Wood Photography 35 months ago | reply

      classic wide angle shot. one last time.

    13. Disnoid Steve 35 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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