Currently Discovery is geared up and ready to fly. A picture was shared by NASA on Twitter today
which shows the space shuttle prepped and ready to ferry north on the back of a modified Boeing 747. The modified aircraft will carry Discovery from Kennedy Space Center to the Washington-Dulles International Airport.
Last month, the National Air & Space Museum announced its plans
to celebrate Discovery's arrival. There will be a "Welcome Discovery" event, with various happenings scheduled between Apr. 19 - Apr. 22 once Discovery arrives to its new home.
A total of 25 special exhibits are to be open to the public to explore the history and achievements of the 30-year space shuttle program. On Thurs. there is a public ceremony to take place, and the weekend is scheduled to be full of activities geared towards students and families with children.
According to the National Air & Space Museum's Facebook page
, the orbiter will ferry over the Washington D.C. area between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Residents and visitors to the area are encouraged to keep an eye out and take photos to share (for Twitter hash-tag #spottheshuttle is being used). The Washington Post
has published some tips for best viewing.
will be keeping an eye out towards the skies tomorrow morning to try and catch some photos, but if Discovery is not spotted, DJ plans to attend festivities this week and will provide images.