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Space Shuttle Discovery Prepares for its Final Flight

 

Tomorrow, NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery will make its final flight on the back of a specially modified Boeing 747. Eventually, the orbiter will be made a part of the Smithsonian collection and put on display near Washington, D.C.. However, just getting Discovery atop its carrier aircraft is no small task. These pictures go through the process, step by step, showing off some of the rarely seen equipment and processes that have supported the Shuttle program since its beginning.

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