Tuesday morning a space shuttle mounted on the back of a modified 747 airplane flew over the nation's capital. The space shuttle Discovery was en route to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum annex near Dulles Airport, its new permanent home. It marked the final flight for the shuttle, which NASA retired in March 2011.
Why did Discovery fly over D.C.?
The journey from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., to Dulles Airport in northern Virginia was Discovery's last, as it will "now settle into its retirement home" at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum annex. There, it will replace the Enterprise, a prototype orbiter from the '70s that is being transferred to New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum later this month.
Our students went outside to admire the famous shuttle circling the city. They were all bewildered and excited as the shuttle was flying by. It was so close to the ground that it gave them the feeling they could reach out and touch it. Just one more reason it’s great to study English at LADO in DC!
If you were there, let us know what it was like to experience this magnificent sight!