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A picture is worth 1,000 words: Welcome home, Discovery!

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Spotted in the skies over Washington, DC this morning was the space shuttle Discovery, hitching a ride on the back of a modified jumbo jet. NASA's oldest and most traveled shuttle made the journey this morning from Florida's Kennedy Space Center to Washington where it will take up permanent residence as a Smithsonian exhibit.

Pictures have been trickling in from across Washington, but this one is the most striking I've seen yet:

Discovery — the fleet leader with 39 orbital missions — is the first of the three retired space shuttles to head to a museum. It will go on display at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, taking the place of the shuttle prototype Enterprise. The Enterprise will go to New York City.

Endeavour will head to Los Angeles this fall. Atlantis will remain at Kennedy.

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