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Smithsonian Welcomes Shuttle Discovery

19 Apr 2012, 19:20 UTC
Smithsonian Welcomes Shuttle Discovery
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A huge crowd welcomed Space Shuttle Discovery to the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA this morning, including a new #NASASocial (formerly the #NASATweetup) and the largest collection of astronauts ever at any single event!Hall of Famer Bo Bobko led the charge, as an impressive line of flight suits followed alongside the charred, flight-worn Discovery... and boy does she ever look like she's made 39 flights! Clean her up? Nah. Why should we? She should look like she's been to space and back as the workhorse of the shuttle fleet.The crowd frenzy actually began on Tuesday, when Discovery left Kennedy Space Center atop her usual Boeing 747 carrier, unknowingly setting Twitter afire for HOURS across five states with a #SpotTheShuttle trend! It was so gratifying to see that and #Discovery trending for more than 4 hours, as people of all ages watch our Grand Dame of the skies make her way to the nation's capital.I nearly blew circuit breakers watching NASA TV, CNN, Facebook and Twitter all on different devices so I could keep up from the west coast! As ever, NASA events are worth it. The pilots satisfied the massive crowds at both ...

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