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Space shuttle Discovery events this week


The Space Shuttle Discovery has logged quite a few miles since its maiden voyage in 1984. The shuttle’s final trip is tomorrow — from Florida to Dulles Airport — before enjoying a well-deserved retirement at the Udvar-Hazy Center. (Photo courtesy of NASA)

Get a closer look Thursday, when Discovery settles into its new home at the Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles. The all-day welcome celebration starts at 11 a.m. with a ceremony featuring 14 Discovery commanders. At 4 p.m., the shuttle will be rolled into the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar, where it will be on permanent view. Friday promises a student version of Thursday’s space-fest, with visiting astronauts and educational talks targeting a younger audience.

The celebration continues through Sunday with Discovery Family Weekend. Expect an overview of Discovery’s illustrious career, a look at the innovations over the past 30 years of space exploration and a sneak peek at specialists who will be answering questions when they aren’t tinkering with the space shuttle to prepare it for its final landing place.

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Washington-area native Stephanie Merry covers movies and pop culture for the Post.
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