Did any of you on the East Coast get to see Discovery's final "flight" this morning as it was flown from Kennedy Space Center to its' new home at the Smithsonian? It's about time for us to return to Washington D. C., so I think we'll need to explore when the new exhibit featuring this shuttle will open.
I just got to view Discovery's Final Landing live on the nasa.gov website. You could also hear the conversation between the tower and the pilot of the 747. I was reading an article about the flight on the MSN homepage and there was a twitter link to the NASA site. Sure wish I could have seen the event in person, but this was great coverage. We were fortunate to view the launch of STS-132 almost 2 years ago and have great memories of that launch.
Take a look at the view of the shuttle from the JW Marriott Washington, DC earlier today!
Unfortunately I didn't personally catch a glimpse - that photo is from the Marriott International Facebook page. If I had realized it would have been visible from so many places downtown, I would have tried to snap a pic myself. I'll have to check it out at the Smithsonian when that opens.
In my opinion, the Fall weather is the best! Maybe, maybe, a long sleeve shirt in the daytime and my wife would probably use a sweater at night, but it's great. I love Washington DC, but visiting there in the middle of summer (I'll be there in June) can be rough...high temps and humidity both of which seems X 2 with all the concrete. I hope you make it over soon! Enjoy!
I didn't see the Discovery over DC yesterday, but I did see the piggy-backed Enterprise on the ground at the Cologne, FRG air show in 1983. And then in 1989, at Offutt AFB, NE, we had the piggy-backed Columbia land and take-off after a couple of hours on the ground. Good stuff!
The closest I've ever been to a U.S. Space Shuttle was when I enjoyed seeing the Space Shuttle Pathfinder (mock up) at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL.
I'm so glad you mentioned Cologne. Because I wanted to mention how very much I want to visit France's National Air and Space Museum. There's no shuttle there, but still good stuff.