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article imageSpace Shuttle Discovery gets ready for trip to Washington-Dulles

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By Leigh Goessl     Apr 16, 2012 in Travel
Chantilly - Fairfax County is getting ready to welcome Space Shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, located at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, in Chantilly, Va.
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.
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center  is a part of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is a part of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
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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.
Digital Journal 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.
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