CHANTILLY, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Space shuttle Discovery is has moved into its new home at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum annex in northern Virginia.


By Thursday morning, the world’s most traveled spaceship was lifted off its Boeing 747 carrier and towed to the Udvar Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport. Astronauts including former Sen. John Glenn and 10 other commanders of the ship helped deliver Discovery to its retirement as an artifact representing the 30-year shuttle program.

A welcome ceremony drew thousands of visitors who want an up-close look at the shuttle after it flew over the Washington area Tuesday. The museum is hosting a four-day festival to showcase Discovery.

Listen to WNEW’s Kevin Rincon in line waiting to get in… 

Curator Valerie Neal says Discovery will be displayed as if it just landed. There will is an interactive display giving visitors a look inside the shuttle.

Follow ALL NEWS – 99.1 all morning for constant coverage of the transfer ceremony.

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