Space Shuttle Discovery Touches Down into Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum

Space Shuttle Discovery is now on permanent display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Udvar-Hazy Center. Udvar Hazy is a branch of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum adjacent to Dulles International Airport (IAD).
Shuttle Discovery on the way to Air and Space Museum
Shuttle Discovery on the way to Air and Space Museum
April 24, 2012 - PRLog -- The Space Shuttle Discovery has earned a place of honor in the collection of national treasures preserved by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The longest-serving orbiter, Discovery flew 39 times from 1984 through 2011 — more missions than any of its sister ships — spending altogether 365 days in space. Discovery also flew every type of mission during the space shuttle era and has a record of distinctions. Discovery well represents the full scope of human spaceflight in the period 1981-2011.

*Satellite delivery and retrieval, Department of Defense, scientific, Hubble Space Telescope, Mir, and space station assembly, crew exchange, and resupply missions
*Three Hubble Space Telescope missions: deployment (1990) servicing (1997, 1999)
*First non-astronaut to fly on space shuttle, Charles Walker (1984)
*Flown aboard Discovery: Sen. Jake Garn (1985) and Sen. John Glenn (1998)
*Served as Return-to-Flight vehicle after Challenger and Columbia tragedies (1988,    2005)
*Flown by first African American commander, Frederick Gregory (1989)
*Piloted by first female spacecraft pilot, Eileen Collins (1995), and by Pamela Melroy on her first flight as pilot (2000)
*Flew 100th shuttle mission (2000)
*Flown by both women commanders, Eileen Collins (2005) and Pamela Melroy (2006)
*Made first visit to Mir, rendezvous without docking (1995)
*Made final docking visit to Mir space station (1998)
*Made first docking with International Space Station (1999)
*Delivered trusses, Harmony node, Kibo laboratory module, Robonaut2, Leonardo module, and tons of supplies to International Space Station (1999-2011)

The Embassy Suites Dulles Airport in Herndon, Virginia has created an
Air and Space Museum Package in honor of its newest neighbor -
The Space Shuttle Discovery  The Package Includes:

*Two Tickets to Air and Space IMAX Theatre
*Hotel shuttle to and from Air and Space Museum (Parking at Museum $15)
*Two Room Suite
*Free cooked to order breakfast daily
*Evening Reception with complimentary drinks and snacks
*Fitness Center
*24 hour business center

For more information about Embassy Suites Dulles Airport visit their website:

To make reservations for the Air and Space Museum Package to see the Space Shuttle Discovery call : 703-464-0200  

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