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Space Shuttle Discovery at Udvar-Hazy Center

In 2012 the Smithsonian Air and Space museum exchanged its Space shuttle Enterprise for the Discovery. I was invited to help photograph the handover.

The morning of the landing they pushed the Enterprise back from its spot in the James McDonnell space hangar. I rode the boom lift to install a timelapse camera in the hangar the day before.

Everyone was excited for the landing and lined up on the highway to watch.

My station was directly under the flight path. The above image is a still from this video of the landing.

Afterwards we were able to view the SCA and Discovery orbiter on the tarmac.

The documentary team from the Last Shuttle Project, NASA and the Smithsonian,

More photos from the handover

2012 Space Photography

Last update: November 8, 2020