Space Shuttle Discovery Likely To Fly Over D.C. Area Next Week

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Space shuttle Discovery is expected to fly over Washington’s landmarks next week on the back of a Boeing 747 and will also be visible from points in Maryland and Virginia.

On Tuesday morning, Discovery will be flown from Florida to its new home at the Smithsonian. It will be housed at the National Air and Space Museum’s annex in northern Virginia.

The Smithsonian recommends several viewing sites.

In Washington, the public can gather on the National Mall for a shuttle sighting. Other sites include Hains Point and the Southwest Waterfront.

In Virginia, Discovery may be seen from Old Town Alexandria’s Waterfront, Gravelly Point near National Airport and Long Bridge Park. In Maryland, Discovery may be seen from National Harbor.

Discovery likely will arrive between 10 and 11 a.m.

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