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  • Shuttle Endeavour Heads Toward Final Home

    The Space Shuttle Endeavour slowly moves along city streets on a 160-wheeled carrier in Inglewood, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. After slowly surmounting a key obstacle, the shuttle Endeavour maintained a heading Saturday through the streets of Los Angeles toward its retirement home at a museum.
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  • Shuttle Endeavour Heads Toward Final Home

    Spectators gather to watch the space shuttle Endeavour make its way down Manchester Blvd. in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.
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  • Shuttle Endeavour Comes Home

    The Space Shuttle Endeavour travels through the streets of Los Angeles on its final journey to its permanent museum home, October 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Over the next two days, the 170,000-pound (77,272 kg) shuttle will travel at no more than 2 mph (3.2 km per hour) along a 12-mile (19km) route from LAX to it's final home at the California Science Center.
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  • Shuttle Endeavour Reaches Calif.

    The space shuttle Endeavour on the back of a NASA Boeing 747, parked at the end of its final cross-country flight from Florida to Los Angeles International Airport, Sept. 21, 2012.
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  • Shuttle Endeavour Reaches Calif.

    Endeavour passes the famed Hollywood sign as seen from Dodger Stadium, Sept. 21, 2012, in Los Angeles.
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  • Shuttle Endeavour Reaches Calif.

    Here Endeavour passes near the Griffith Park Observatory with the Los Angeles skyline in the background on its final flight, Sept. 21, 2012. The retired space shuttle now becomes a museum exhibit at the California Science Center.
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  • Shuttle Endeavour Reaches Calif.

    Space shuttle Endeavour, carried by a 747, makes a low pass over San Francisco on its way to its final home in Los Angeles. The Golden Gate Bridge is in the foreground, Sept. 21, 2012.
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  • Shuttle Endeavour's Final Trip

    Space shuttle Endeavour, mounted on NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, lands at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 20, 2012. Many shuttle landings happened at Edwards. Endeavour was flown across the country to go on permanent display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
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  • Shuttle Endeavour's Final Trip

    Space shuttle Endeavour, carried by a modified 747, flies over downtown Austin, Texas on Sept. 20, 2012.
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  • Shuttle Endeavour's Final Trip

    Space shuttle Endeavour flies over Ellington Field in Houston atop a modified 747, Sept. 19, 2012. Its final destination: the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
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  • Shuttle Endeavour's Final Trip

    A crowd gathers around the space shuttle Endeavour, carried atop NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, after its landing at Ellington Field in Houston, Sept. 19, 2012.
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  • Space Shuttle Endeavour Makes Final Trip

    Space Shuttle Endeavour is seen in this aerial photo flying over the skyline of New Orleans, Sept. 19, 2012. Endeavour was flown from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to its final home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
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  • Space Shuttle Endeavour Makes Final Trip

    Space shuttle Endeavour atop a modified jumbo jet makes its departure from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Sept. 19, 2012. Endeavour flew 25 missions in space between 1992 and 2011.
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  • Space Shuttle Endeavour Makes Final Trip

    Space shuttle Endeavour flies over NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility, where the external fuel tanks for the shuttle program were made, in New Orleans, Sept. 19, 2012.
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  • Space Shuttle Arrives in NY

    The space shuttle Enterprise is carried by barge underneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, June 3, 2012 in New York City. Enterprise was on its way to New York's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, to be put on permanent display.
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  • Space Shuttle Arrives in NY

    The Space Shuttle Enterprise is carried by barge underneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, June 3, 2012 in New York City.
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  • Space Shuttle Arrives in NY

    The space shuttle Enterprise is towed past a pier filled with spectators at Coney Island in New York, June 3, 2012.
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  • Discovery Makes Final Flight

    Space shuttle Enterprise, riding on the back of the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, makes a low-altitude pass over the rapidly-growing World Trade Center in New York City, April 27, 2012. Enterprise later landed at Kennedy International Airport on its way to becoming a permanent exhibit at New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
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  • Space Shuttle Arrives in NY

    Overhead view of the shuttle Enterprise as it flies over New York Harbor.
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  • Discovery Makes Final Flight

    Space shuttle Enterprise, riding on the back of the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, lands at John F. Kennedy International Airport, April 27, 2012, in New York.
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  • Discovery Makes Final Flight

    The Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted on a 747 carrier aircraft, flies over the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, April 17, 2012. It was delivered from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to its final home, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution in northern Virginia.
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  • Discovery Makes Final Flight

    Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, passes the Washington Monument during a flyover of the nation's capital on its final trip to the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport in Virginia, April 17, 2012.
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  • Discovery Makes Final Flight

    The space shuttle Discovery rides atop a Boeing 747 as it flies past Washington, April 17, 2012. This view is from Arlington, Virginia.
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  • Discovery Makes Final Flight

    Sixth-graders visiting the Capitol from from the Stratford Academy in Macon, Ga., watch the final voyage of the space shuttle Discovery as it soars above Washington after a flight from Cape Canaveral, Fla., April 17, 2012.
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  • Space Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Takeoff

    Space shuttle Discovery departs the Kennedy Space Center, April 17, 2012, atop a 747 carrier jet, bound for Dulles Airport near Washington, to become a museum display.
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  • Space Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Takeoff

    Space shuttle Discovery leaves the Kennedy Space Center in Florida atop a 747 carrier jet, April 17, 2012. Discovery was taken to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport outside Washington.
    John Raoux/AP Photo
  • Space Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Takeoff

    Discovery, mounted on top of a modified 747 jetliner, left Florida from the same runway that space shuttles used for landings after space flights for nearly 30 years.
    John Raoux/AP Photo
  • Space Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Takeoff

    Space shuttle Discovery was mounted atop NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) before its final flight from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Dulles Airport near Washington D.C.
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  • Space Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Takeoff

    Discovery, its windows covered for protection, sits atop NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) before its final flight to Washington. From 1984 to 2011, Discovery flew 39 space missions, spending a total of 365 days in orbit.
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  • 30 Years of Space Shuttle Missions

    The Hubble Space Telescope is deployed from the shuttle Discovery April 25, 1990. It was perhaps Discovery's highest-profile mission.
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  • Space Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Takeoff

    The last astronauts to fly Discovery were, from left, Alvin Drew, Nicole Stott, Mike Barratt, Steve Bowen, Eric Boe, and Steve Lindsey. Their mission, designated STS-133, was a two-week trip to the International Space Station in February 2011.
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  • Space Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Takeoff

    Astronauts Mike Barratt, Steve Bowen, Eric Boe, and Steve Lindsey talk to reporters the day before Discovery was flown from the Kennedy Space Center to its final home at the Smithsonian Institution outside Washington. They flew Discovery on its last space flight in 2011.
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  • Space Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Takeoff

    Crews at the Kennedy Space Center work on attaching the space shuttle Discovery to a modified 747 for its flight to the Smithsonian near Washington. The gantry around them is the Shuttle Mate-Demate device.
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  • Discovery Makes Final Flight

    Rising on twin columns of fire and creating rolling clouds of smoke and steam, space shuttle Discovery lifts off on its final flight into space, Feb. 24, 2011. Its last mission was called STS-133. Discovery left from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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  • Discovery Makes Final Flight

    Discovery rolls to a stop on the runway at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing its 39th and final flight, March 9, 2011. From 1984 to 2011, Discovery flew 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited Earth 5,830 times and traveled 148,221,675 miles.
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  • 30 Years of Space Shuttle Missions

    Shuttle Discovery as seen from the International Space Station after departing on its last flight in March 2011.
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  • Shuttle Discovery

    The shuttle Discovery on a 2008 mission to the International Space Station, carrying a Japanese lab module called Kibo. This photo was taken from the space station.
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  • 30 Years of Space Shuttle Missions

    STS-95 mission Commander Curtis Brown, left, and Payload Specialist John Glenn on the aft flight deck of Discovery during a press conference, Nov. 1, 1998. The mission was Glenn's return to space after 36 years. He had been the first American to orbit the Earth on board his Friendship 7 Mercury capsule on Feb. 20, 1962. Now, at age 77, he became the oldest person to go into space.
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