Thousands of Space Shuttle fans watched as the shuttle orbiter Discovery left Kennedy Space Center on a 747 jet yesterday morning. Discovery’s destination was its new home at the at the Udvar-Hazy branch of the Smithsonian Institution, at the Dulles Airport.
Special tickets were for sale for the best viewing location, at mid-field of the Space Center runway. “A” marks the location as seen in Google Maps (enter 28.616144 -80.690536 there to zoom in closer).
The 747 circled back to fly over fans at the Visitor Center, and also over the Kennedy Space Center Industrial area for employees watching there.
We have video of Discovery’s farewell here:
Here’s a video from three years ago, when the end of the shuttle program began: