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Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Discovery space shuttle landing: Dulles Airport gets its day in the spotlight

Dulles International Airport sometimes gets a bad rap — Why is it so far from D.C.? Why do the mobile lounges resemble discarded “Star Wars” props? — but on Tuesday, with the arrival of the space shuttle Discovery, the maligned airport is finally getting its day in the sun.

Apart from its selection as the Discovery’s landing site, here are a few of our favorite things about Dulles Airport:

The main terminal and control tower of Dulles Airport, designed by Eero Saarinen. (Courtesy airports authority)
It’s an architectural marvel: The airport’s iconic main terminal is considered one of the nation’s greatest examples of modern architecture. It was designed by architect Eero Saarinen.

It’s a “good neighbor”: Although the airport is situated on nearly 12,000 acres of land in Loudoun and Fairfax counties, only about 5,000 acres are used for aircraft operations. The boundary between the airport and nearby towns makes Dulles a “good neighbor,” according to the Washington Airport Authority.

It has a wine bar! Vino Volo opened at Dulles in 2005, offering wines by the glass, including local pours, as well as wine flights.

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