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Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 04/17/2012

Discovery Shuttle flies over Washington, D.C. (PHOTOS)

Discovery flies by the Capitol, posted to Twitter via Instagram. (CWG reader Adam Wells)
Amidst a mackerel sky, a refreshing breeze, and comfortable temperatures near 70, Space Shuttle Discovery dramatically cruised above Washington, D.C. around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. Mounted atop a Boeing 747 jet known as NASA 905, the shuttle was being ferried to Washington Dulles International Airport for delivery at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Steve F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Discovery flies over the Potomac towards National Airport. (Washington Post reader Jim Scanlon)

See below for photos of the flyover...

Space shuttle Discovery mounted atop NASA 905 sails over the Capitol in Washington, D.C. (CWG reader Hannah Hamill)

The shuttle on one of its passes over L’Enfant Plaza in SW D.C. (CWG reader Kim Baker)

Discovery flies over the Washington Monument (Craig Cook of Studio Twenty Seven Architecture)

Discovery flies over the Pentagon (CWG reader Eric Stringfellow )

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The space shuttle Discovery atop NASA 905 aircraft takes off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at about 7 a.m. EDT Tuesday morning. (NASA)

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