Discovery’s Final Final Flight

Having completed its final mission last February, yesterday the Space Shuttle Discovery took off from the Kenedy Space Centre for the last time on the way to its final destination – the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.  During the flight, piggy-backing on a modified Boeing 747 (Shuttle Carrier Aircraft NASA 905), Discovery took in the sights at Washington DC at an altitude of about 1,500ft (457m).  The Guardian has a number of images from the US capital of the fly-bys.  [Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann]

NasaTelevision have put a number of videos of the fly-bys online.  Here are one or two.

Discovery Flyovers Delight D.C. Area as Seen From Hains Point

Discovery Flyovers Delight D.C. Area as Seen From the Canadian Embassy

And, because I can, here’s some time-lapse footage of Discovery and Atlantis in orbit. Video from NasaExplorer.

More Space Shuttle images and videos here.