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Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 04/17/2012

Discovery Shuttle: Best family-friendly viewing options

In case you and the kids can duck out of morning obligations today, check out the latest route information for the Discovery space shuttle here.
The space shuttle Discovery will be flown from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the Dulles International Airport. (Kim Shiflett - AP/NASA)

The Discovery will be flown from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the Dulles International Airport today. It will fly over Washington between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., en route to its eventual destination at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly.

It’s expected to fly over the National Mall, Gravelly Point and Alexandria Waterfront at about 1,500 feet. (The exact path is weather-dependant.)

The Udvar-Hazy parking lot is also expected to be a prime viewing location. The museum is opening the lot (which costs $15 to enter) at 8 a.m. for anyone who wants to tailgate and shuttle-spot.

The once-in-a-lifetime-event comes mid-week and after a three-day weekend for District public school kids, but for some families the chance to catch a glimpse of Discovery might be worth a late-to-school/work arrival.

If you happen to see the shuttle and get a good picture, send it to The Post. Submit it here, or e-mail it to photo@washpost.com and include your name, your cellphone number and the location where you took the photo in the body of the message.

After the flight, the shuttle will be prepared for towing, a process expected to take two days. On the 19th, Udvar-Hazy plans to welcome the shuttle with an all-day family-friendly ceremony.

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