Chantilly, VA (April 27, 2012) — Presented here are photos of the Transfer Ceremony of the space shuttle Discovery from NASA to the Smithsonian Institution on April 21, 2012, along with photos of Discovery parked in its new home, the space formerly occupied by space shuttle Enterprise, in the James S McDonnell Space Hanger at the National Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center. Discovery’s new mission at the Smithsonian will be one of public education. In the photos where both shuttles are present, Enterprise is colored a bright white, while Discovery’s hull is darkened due to intense heat from atmospheric reentry. Enterprise was flown atop a modified 747 to New York City this morning and will be moved by barge to the Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum in Manhattan later this Summer. All photos are by H M Williamson and are posted here with the approval of the photographer.
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