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Space shuttle Discovery mated to jumbo jet for ride to Smithsonian
Photos credit: collectSPACE / Robert Z. Pearlman

Space shuttle Discovery mated to jumbo jet for ride to Smithsonian

Space shuttle Discovery, mated atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747, was ready Monday morning (April 16) to back out of Kennedy Space Center's gantry-like Mate-Demate Device (MDD).

Space shuttle Discovery mated to jumbo jet for ride to Smithsonian


Space shuttle Discovery mated to jumbo jet for ride to Smithsonian


Space shuttle Discovery mated to jumbo jet for ride to Smithsonian


Space shuttle Discovery mated to jumbo jet for ride to Smithsonian


Space shuttle Discovery mated to jumbo jet for ride to Smithsonian


Space shuttle Discovery mated to jumbo jet for ride to Smithsonian


Space shuttle Discovery mated to jumbo jet for ride to Smithsonian

Discovery's final crew, the six astronauts who flew the STS-133 mission in March 2011, bid their spacecraft farewell. From left to right: mission specialists Nicole Stott, Michael Barratt, Steve Bowen and Alvin Drew, pilot Eric Bow and commander Steven Lindsey.

Space shuttle Discovery mated to jumbo jet for ride to Smithsonian


Space shuttle Discovery mated to jumbo jet for ride to Smithsonian

Related article: Spot the shuttle: How to see Discovery on final flight to the Smithsonian

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