Enterprise and Discovery Space Shuttles Meet Nose-to-Nose at Smithsonian

Posted on April 19, 2012

Enterprise and Discovery Nose to Nose


Space Shuttles Enterprise, left, and Discovery meet nose-to-nose at the beginning of a transfer ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. The Smithsonian received the Space shuttle Discovery from NASA today. Discovery will take the place of the Space shuttle Enterprise at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

Space shuttle Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASA's shuttle fleet, completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles. It will take the place of Enterprise at the center to commemorate past achievements in space and to educate and inspire future generations of explorers.

Photo: NASA/Smithsonian Institution/Carolyn Russo


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