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Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 04/12/2012

Discovery: Best places to spot the shuttle flyover

Get the cameras ready! The space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to fly over the Washington region early Tuesday on its way to its new home at the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport.
It’s coming: space shuttle Discovery on March 7, 2011. (Courtesy NASA)

Several prime locations for viewing the shuttle---which should be pretty hard to miss, considering its tonnage and low flying height---have been suggested. The timing is between 10 and 11 a.m. The area near Memorial Bridge, the Old Town Alexandria waterfront and National Harbor are prime locations.

The old Discovery owner, NASA , and the new caretakers, the National Air and Space Museum, have drawn up a list for the orbiter’s fans.

Besides Memorial Bridge in Washington, the suggested viewing spots are: The east side of the Mall and the west side of the Capitol, Hains Point at East Potomac Park and the Southwest Waterfront Park from the Titanic Memorial to the fish market area.

In Virginia, possible good views are Long Bridge Park, located between I-395N and the railroad tracks near Crystal City and Gravelly Point, off the George Washington Parkway, near National Airport.

National Harbor is located just off the Wilson Bridge in Prince George’s County.

At the Udvar-Hazy Center, there is another opportunity as the shuttle approaches Dulles, at the museum’s parking lot.

The museum and NASA have organized a four-day festival to welcome Discovery to its new home. The official ceremony takes place Thursday.

By  |  11:16 AM ET, 04/12/2012

Tags:  Discovery, Discovery shuttle, Smithsonian, Udvar-Hazy Center, NASA, Memorial Bridge, Old Town Alexandria waterfront, National Harbor

 
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