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Six years ago, today, I witnessed the historic nose-to-nose meeting of two space shuttles.
Discovery had the most time in space (almost a year when you add up her 39 missions over 27 years of service) while Enterprise had the fewest (zero, to be exact). The contrast in conditions could only be seen for the precious few hours they shared a runway at @airandspacemuseum #udvarhazy

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Six years ago, today, I witnessed the historic nose-to-nose meeting of two space shuttles. Discovery had the most time in space (almost a year when you add up her 39 missions over 27 years of service) while Enterprise had the fewest (zero, to be exact). The contrast in conditions could only be seen for the precious few hours they shared a runway at @airandspacemuseum #udvarhazy  #nasa  #spaceshuttlediscovery  #OV103  #nosetonose  #Welcomediscovery 
What do you when your little brother comes for a surprise visit from Arizona? You take him to DC for the day to see the space shuttle of course! 😂😁😜 #randomasyoucanget #udvarhazyairandspacemuseum  #spaceshuttlediscovery #historyofflight #littlebrothertrip #roadtrip #cooluncle
My kid Self would have flipped out as I was obsessed with the space shuttle program back then. Amazing to see it up close and to share it with Livia. She was not quite as amazed 😉 
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#8thGradeFieldTrip
My kid Self would have flipped out as I was obsessed with the space shuttle program back then. Amazing to see it up close and to share it with Livia. She was not quite as amazed 😉 #SpaceShuttleDiscovery  #8thGradeFieldTrip 
Dane Penland, a photographer with the
Smithsonian Institution takes a photo of the special operations folks from Dulles with the Space shuttle Discovery last flight. #shuttle #nasa #smithsonian #discovery #aircraft #space #dullesairport #dulles #tarmac #flight #piggyback #photographerslife #photographer #epicday #aviationlovers #aviation #washingtondc #dc #spaceshuttlediscovery
Seeing the space shuttle Discovery up close and personal was so rad. If you ever have a long layover in Dulles airport- there is a shuttle to the museum. It is free and they let you take all the photos you want!
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I probably shouldn’t admit this, but on 3/15/2009, I was piloting an Alaska Airlines 737-800 on an all-nighter from Kauai to Seattle. Half way across the Pacific Ocean on a moonless night, we saw a bright light above us. Neither of us could figure out what it was. A strange bright light over the ocean. Too high to be commercial. Too random and lit up to be military. Then...a friend of it showed up. Another bright light. I had seen a lot of things to that point, but had no idea what we were looking at. Then, one by one, both of the lights went out. The other pilot and I agreed that we’d better not tell anyone, or they’d think we were crazy. 
The next day, we saw the news and realized what we had seen. The space shuttle Discovery, was docking with true International Space Station. That was the only other time I had seen it until today. Today was the first time I actually realized what I was looking at. 🤣
#discovery #nasa #AlaskaAirlines @alaskaair #pilotlife #work #ufo #iss #spaceshuttlediscovery #flying #pacificocean #cockpitview
I probably shouldn’t admit this, but on 3/15/2009, I was piloting an Alaska Airlines 737-800 on an all-nighter from Kauai to Seattle. Half way across the Pacific Ocean on a moonless night, we saw a bright light above us. Neither of us could figure out what it was. A strange bright light over the ocean. Too high to be commercial. Too random and lit up to be military. Then...a friend of it showed up. Another bright light. I had seen a lot of things to that point, but had no idea what we were looking at. Then, one by one, both of the lights went out. The other pilot and I agreed that we’d better not tell anyone, or they’d think we were crazy. The next day, we saw the news and realized what we had seen. The space shuttle Discovery, was docking with true International Space Station. That was the only other time I had seen it until today. Today was the first time I actually realized what I was looking at. 🤣 #discovery  #nasa  #AlaskaAirlines  @alaskaair #pilotlife  #work  #ufo  #iss  #spaceshuttlediscovery  #flying  #pacificocean  #cockpitview 
Hard to believe it's been 6 years since Discovery left the Space Coast. I wish I had something better to take pictures with than an iPhone 3, or whatever I had back then. .
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While outside of DC proper, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia is a companion facility to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, located on the National Mall (Washington DC). Featuring an impressive collection of large scale human flight, much too big to fit within the city. Found here are photos from the the Space Hanger. Most notably, the United States Space Shuttle Discovery. (pics 1, 7, and 8) 🚀.
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2.) Tubes of spaceflight food: borscht (Russian beet and cabbage soup) and coffee & milk. .
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3&4.) Examples of early insect experiments at zero gravity. Observing that spiders while sloppy in web making at first, quickly adapted to the weightlessness. .
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5.) From 1991 to 2003, US intelligence agencies used Lockheed's Image Data Exploration (IDEX II) Work Station to analyze digital imagery returned from photoreconnaissance satellites and aircraft..
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#stevenfudvarhazycenter #space #chantillyva #tubeofborscht #nationalairandspacemuseum #smithsonian #museum #explore #humanflight #fieldtrip #impressive #nasa #toinfinityandbeyond #freemuseumday #borscht #idexii #spaceshuttlediscovery #aviation #spaceexploration #zerogravity #science #themoreyouknow 🌈
While outside of DC proper, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia is a companion facility to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, located on the National Mall (Washington DC). Featuring an impressive collection of large scale human flight, much too big to fit within the city. Found here are photos from the the Space Hanger. Most notably, the United States Space Shuttle Discovery. (pics 1, 7, and 8) 🚀. . 2.) Tubes of spaceflight food: borscht (Russian beet and cabbage soup) and coffee & milk. . . 3&4.) Examples of early insect experiments at zero gravity. Observing that spiders while sloppy in web making at first, quickly adapted to the weightlessness. . . 5.) From 1991 to 2003, US intelligence agencies used Lockheed's Image Data Exploration (IDEX II) Work Station to analyze digital imagery returned from photoreconnaissance satellites and aircraft.. . . #stevenfudvarhazycenter  #space  #chantillyva  #tubeofborscht  #nationalairandspacemuseum  #smithsonian  #museum  #explore  #humanflight  #fieldtrip  #impressive  #nasa  #toinfinityandbeyond  #freemuseumday  #borscht  #idexii  #spaceshuttlediscovery  #aviation  #spaceexploration  #zerogravity  #science  #themoreyouknow  🌈
6 years ago today Space Shuttle Discovery, NASA’s fleet leader and the world’s most flown spacecraft, completed its final flight and arrived in Washington, D.C.  It remains on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Swipe left to view the next image.
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Photographs by House Photographer Kristie Boyd. #ushousephoto #uscapitol #washingtondc #washingtonmonument #visitdc #throwbacktuesday #archive #nasa #spaceshuttlediscovery
6 years ago today Space Shuttle Discovery, NASA’s fleet leader and the world’s most flown spacecraft, completed its final flight and arrived in Washington, D.C.  It remains on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
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Photographs by House Photographer. #ushousephoto #uscapitol #washingtondc #capitoldome #visitdc #throwbacktuesday #archive #nasa #spaceshuttlediscovery
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6 years ago today Space Shuttle Discovery, NASA’s fleet leader and the world’s most flown spacecraft, completed its final flight and arrived in Washington, D.C.  It remains on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
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Photograph by House Photographer. #ushousephoto #uscapitol #washingtondc #capitoldome #visitdc #throwbacktuesday #archive #nasa #spaceshuttlediscovery
How as this six years ago?! #throwbacktuesday! Original Caption: The Discovery Shuttle makes its final flyover above @joint_base_myer_henderson_hall April 17, 2012. Photo by Rachel Larue #nasa #science #photography #photojournalism #discovery #spaceshuttle #spaceshuttlediscovery #smithsonian #airansspacemuseum
6 years ago today Space Shuttle Discovery, NASA’s fleet leader and the world’s most flown spacecraft, completed its final flight and arrived in Washington, D.C.  It remains on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
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Photograph by House Photographer. #ushousephoto #uscapitol #washingtondc #capitoldome #visitdc #throwbacktuesday #archive #nasa #spaceshuttlediscovery
This space shuttle is massive, hard to get a full photo of it. Can’t believe this thing was in space, wow...SO cool!! 🚀 #SpaceShuttleDiscovery #USA 🇺🇸
This space shuttle is massive, hard to get a full photo of it. Can’t believe this thing was in space, wow...SO cool!! 🚀 #SpaceShuttleDiscovery  #USA  🇺🇸
The space geek in me was very happy to see the Space Shuttle Discovery! (A satellite hangs above). The Air & Space Museum has a tremendous display, showing aircraft thoughout its short history.
The space geek in me was very happy to see the Space Shuttle Discovery! (A satellite hangs above). The Air & Space Museum has a tremendous display, showing aircraft thoughout its short history.
Space Shuttle Discovery at #Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum in Chantilly, VA

@Smithsonian #airandspacemuseum #udvarhazyairandspacemuseum #spaceshuttlediscovery #spaceshuttle #NASA
Over the course of its 39 missions, Discovery logged a total of 365 days in space. It also put 148,221,675 miles on its odometer, another space shuttle record. The miles traveled by Discovery could have carried it to the moon and back more than 300 times. ————————————————
Astronauts aboard Discovery deployed NASA's Hubble Space Telescope on the shuttle's STS-31 mission in April 1990. Twenty-two years — and numerous repair missions — later, the instrument continues to snap stunning photos that help reshape our understanding of the cosmos. 
@nationalparkservice #nps @airandspacemuseum #airandspacemuseum @nasa #nasa #discovery #spaceshuttle #spaceshuttlediscovery #washingtondc @smithsonian #smithsonian #smithsonianmuseum #hubble #hubbletelescope #airandspace
Over the course of its 39 missions, Discovery logged a total of 365 days in space. It also put 148,221,675 miles on its odometer, another space shuttle record. The miles traveled by Discovery could have carried it to the moon and back more than 300 times. ———————————————— Astronauts aboard Discovery deployed NASA's Hubble Space Telescope on the shuttle's STS-31 mission in April 1990. Twenty-two years — and numerous repair missions — later, the instrument continues to snap stunning photos that help reshape our understanding of the cosmos. @nationalparkservice #nps  @airandspacemuseum #airandspacemuseum  @nasa #nasa  #discovery  #spaceshuttle  #spaceshuttlediscovery  #washingtondc  @smithsonian #smithsonian  #smithsonianmuseum  #hubble  #hubbletelescope  #airandspace 
Checking out, Space Shuttle Discovery, and checking in. #roadtrip #springbreak #udvarhazy #spaceshuttlediscovery #familyvacation #vanlife #goprohero5
マドレーヌ&サブレヴィエノワショコラ&スペースシャトルディスカバリー😻❣️@JAXA見学ツアーからのアターブル特別クラス🚀
#madleine #sableviennois #bakingclass #spaceshuttlediscovery #マドレーヌ #サブレヴィエノワ #サブレヴィエノワショコラ #スペースシャトルディスカバリー
Aahhhhh self portrait (of sorts anyway) ... Maybe you recognize this... it was in my Sketchbook tour! it says SPACEHEAD! *it got cut off*
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Space Shuttle Discovery
It’s amazing to think this beautiful spacecraft went on 39 missions without more then a few bumps and scratches.
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#space #spaceship #spaceshuttle #spaceshuttlediscovery #airandspace #aviation #aviationlovers #aviationgeek #aviationphotography #outofthisworld #nasa
Starting today, @docr0cket and I are taking a road trip down south, visiting science attractions along the way! #ScienceRoadTrip! Our first stop is at the Udvar-Hazy Center, part of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, where you can find the SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY! Discovery flew 39 missions between 1984 and 2011, more than any other orbital shuttle. You can also find replicas of the Golden Record, the Pathfinder rover, the Soviet Vega spacecraft, and many more examples of space-fairing, and air-faring, vehicles and technology in this massive aircraft hangar! 
#washingtondc #space #museums #science #scienceroadtrip #scicomm #travel #travels #travelling #traveler #traveller #travelers #travelphotography
Starting today, @docr0cket and I are taking a road trip down south, visiting science attractions along the way! #ScienceRoadTrip ! Our first stop is at the Udvar-Hazy Center, part of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, where you can find the SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY! Discovery flew 39 missions between 1984 and 2011, more than any other orbital shuttle. You can also find replicas of the Golden Record, the Pathfinder rover, the Soviet Vega spacecraft, and many more examples of space-fairing, and air-faring, vehicles and technology in this massive aircraft hangar! #washingtondc  #space  #museums  #science  #scienceroadtrip  #scicomm  #travel  #travels  #travelling  #traveler  #traveller  #travelers  #travelphotography 
Went to the Air and Space Museum at Dulles airport. It was totally awesome. They had so many rare and amazing aircraft like the Concorde, Space Shuttle Discovery, Virgin Global flyer, and a ton of WWII and Cold War fighter planes. The only pics I really took were these of the Space Shuttle....I was too busy constantly gawking at everything to remember haha.
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#aircraft #museum #spaceshuttle #spaceshuttlediscovery #airandspacemuseum #udvarhazyairandspacemuseum #rocket #space #plane #aircraft #airplane #panorama #photography
Went to the Air and Space Museum at Dulles airport. It was totally awesome. They had so many rare and amazing aircraft like the Concorde, Space Shuttle Discovery, Virgin Global flyer, and a ton of WWII and Cold War fighter planes. The only pics I really took were these of the Space Shuttle....I was too busy constantly gawking at everything to remember haha. . . . #aircraft  #museum  #spaceshuttle  #spaceshuttlediscovery  #airandspacemuseum  #udvarhazyairandspacemuseum  #rocket  #space  #plane  #aircraft  #airplane  #panorama  #photography 
Discovery shouldn’t only happen when you’re a child. It should be endless. #aviation #spaceshuttlediscovery #pktsizejoejo
I’m currently nerding out at the coolest place ever - The Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport. Expect some airplanes for the next few days. And, well, #spaceshuttlediscovery
I’m currently nerding out at the coolest place ever - The Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport. Expect some airplanes for the next few days. And, well, #spaceshuttlediscovery 
@philzow introduced our screening of @readyplayerone today, with fantastic Q&A following.  @airandspacemuseum #smithsoniantheaters #science #sciencefiction #spaceshuttlediscovery #nasa #film #cinema #museum #museumlife #fun #aviation #space #imax
#spaceshuttlediscovery #stevenfudvarhazycenter #museum  Now I got them all live and „in person“: Atlantis in #ksc , Endeavor during launch in 2008 and today Discovery.
I was #blessed enough to see the space shuttle Discovery  today. Love these outings with my guys ❤️ #spaceshuttlediscovery #familytimeiseverything
Space Shuttle Discovery in the hanger of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s annex at Washington Dulles International Airport. Discovery was the longest serving and most accomplished NASA Space Shuttle orbiter. It flew on 39 Earth-orbital missions, spent a total of 365 days in space and traveled nearly 150 million miles. Discovery went into service in 1984. The last mission of Discovery was February 24 - March 9, 2011. #smithsonianairandspacemuseum #udarhazyairandspacemuseum #chantillyva #dullesairport #spaceshuttle #spaceshuttlediscovery #discoveryorbiter #spaceshuttleprogram #nasa #nasashuttle #ov103 #orbitalvehicle #spaceexploration #space #spacetravelhistory #spacehistory #spaceexploration #pioneerthefuture
Space Shuttle Discovery in the hanger of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s annex at Washington Dulles International Airport. Discovery was the longest serving and most accomplished NASA Space Shuttle orbiter. It flew on 39 Earth-orbital missions, spent a total of 365 days in space and traveled nearly 150 million miles. Discovery went into service in 1984. The last mission of Discovery was February 24 - March 9, 2011. #smithsonianairandspacemuseum  #udarhazyairandspacemuseum  #chantillyva  #dullesairport  #spaceshuttle  #spaceshuttlediscovery  #discoveryorbiter  #spaceshuttleprogram  #nasa  #nasashuttle  #ov103  #orbitalvehicle  #spaceexploration  #space  #spacetravelhistory  #spacehistory  #spaceexploration  #pioneerthefuture 
Space Shuttle Discovery at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. @smithsonian #udvarhazy #udvarhazycenter #nationalairandspacemuseum #nasm #smithsonian #smithsonianinstitution #nasa #space #spaceshuttle #shuttle #discovery #spaceshuttlediscovery #aviation #spaceflight #flight #history #unitedstates #americanhistory
Another shot for #TBT. Space Shuttle Discovery launched on 5 April 2010 at 6:21 am from Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A. I miss those shuttle launches. They were SO much brighter than the rockets nowadays (which I still enjoy).
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Another shot for #TBT . Space Shuttle Discovery launched on 5 April 2010 at 6:21 am from Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A. I miss those shuttle launches. They were SO much brighter than the rockets nowadays (which I still enjoy). . . . . . . #shuttle  #spaceshuttle  #nasa  #spaceshuttlediscovery  #capecanaveral  #STS131  #space  #longexposure  #kennedyspacecenter  #canon  #canonphotography  #5dmarkii  #5dmkii  #30028  #24mm  #outdoors  #imissspaceshuttles  #39a  #verobeach  #florida  #verobeachfl  #spacecoast  #spacex  #elonmusk 
OTD 2010, STS-131 Discovery, one of the prettiest shuttle missions. Get prints and see more at:

www.LaunchPhotography.com  #spaceshuttle #discovery #nasa #space #shuttle #sts131 #spaceshuttlediscovery #kennedyspacecenter #ksc #twilight #launch #predawn #nightlaunch #rocket #iss
Hello everyone. Today, April 5th, marks the 8th anniversary of our first plant experiments in space. Thus, we dedicate this day to that early morning launch 🚀 of the 2nd to the last mission (STS 131) of the space shuttle Discovery. Shown here is a photograph taken by our very own Dr. Jin Nakashima, aviation photojournalist extraordinaire and beloved member of the @noble_cell_imaging team. Jin took this photograph as our Arabidopsis seeds, which would later germinate in space, made their way to the International Space Station.
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The red- green horizontal bars that we added as a backdrop to the image are heat maps that represent changes in the expression of genes as the plants adapted to spaceflight. Because plants 🌱 will be an important component of advanced life support systems, we need basic studies on plant biology in space to guide in the generation of plant cultivars that will accompany humans to Mars and beyond.
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One final note about this post. We were fortunate to have two extremely talented astronauts, Stephanie Wilson and Naoko Yamasaki (#swiperight👉), to handle our plants in orbit. Shown are photographs of Stephanie and Naoko taken by Jin Nakashima, as they made their way to the launch 🚀 pad. Thank you Stephanie and Naoko for making our first plant experiments a success.
Hello everyone. Today, April 5th, marks the 8th anniversary of our first plant experiments in space. Thus, we dedicate this day to that early morning launch 🚀 of the 2nd to the last mission (STS 131) of the space shuttle Discovery. Shown here is a photograph taken by our very own Dr. Jin Nakashima, aviation photojournalist extraordinaire and beloved member of the @noble_cell_imaging team. Jin took this photograph as our Arabidopsis seeds, which would later germinate in space, made their way to the International Space Station. . The red- green horizontal bars that we added as a backdrop to the image are heat maps that represent changes in the expression of genes as the plants adapted to spaceflight. Because plants 🌱 will be an important component of advanced life support systems, we need basic studies on plant biology in space to guide in the generation of plant cultivars that will accompany humans to Mars and beyond. . One final note about this post. We were fortunate to have two extremely talented astronauts, Stephanie Wilson and Naoko Yamasaki (#swiperight 👉), to handle our plants in orbit. Shown are photographs of Stephanie and Naoko taken by Jin Nakashima, as they made their way to the launch 🚀 pad. Thank you Stephanie and Naoko for making our first plant experiments a success.
STS-119 Discovery surrounded by the pitch blackness of space, taken by an Expedition 18 crew member from the ISS, 2009.

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