Space Shuttle Discovery Tours DC En Route to Air & Space Museum

by Leticia Barr on April 18, 2012

© 2012 Leticia Barr-

As residents in the Nation’s Capital, we’re privy to a lot of wonderful opportunities that are history in the making including today’s journey of the Space Shuttle Discovery as she traveled from Florida to her final resting place at The National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center.

Watching from my spot on the Mall between The Smithsonian Castle and the Capitol building, witnessing the shuttle on the back of a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft was a bittersweet occasion because while it was exciting, it also marks the end of the Space Shuttle era.  So many of my childhood memories involve the Space Shuttle.  From the exciting liftoff of the first launch on April 12, 1981 to watching in disbelief as the Challenger broke apart a mere 73 seconds into its flight and hearing the incredible sonic boom of Atlantis re-entering the atmosphere as it returned to Kennedy Space Center after its final mission.  Those moments were inspiring, heartbreaking, and just plain cool and will forever live on in my memory.

What’s next for NASA?  NASA plans to continue their exploration, technology development, and scientific research.  There is a new International Space Station for collaborative work with 15 countries and the new Space Launch System will transport astronauts well beyond the orbit ability of the space shuttle fleet. Certainly this new chapter in space exploration is exciting and will inspire a new generation of kids but it makes me a little nostalgic knowing that it’s happening without our Nation’s beloved Space Shuttles.

Leticia Barr is the founder of  Tech Savvy Mama and is’s Tech Savvy Parents columnist.  She can be found on Twitter @TechSavvyMama, Facebook, and sharing her favorite finds on Pinterest.  



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Corey Feldman April 18, 2012 at 11:32 am

Sadly I missed it. But look forward to seeing it at Udvar Hazy.


micale jack May 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm

hi fine!!!………… I am strange because it is vary simple general cost, hotel expensive,
night club.other hand American scenery are very very comfortable to enjoy
the tours.I can know historical place,historical war,historical man,
historical animal and history of Washington DC.


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