Space Shuttle

On Tuesday, April 27, 2012, NASA moved the Space Shuttle Discovery from Cape Canaveral, Florida to its new and final residence at the Udvar-Hazy Center in  Virginia (the warehouse extension of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum).  The shuttle was moved on the back of a specially retrofitted Boeing 747.  Since it was a very special trip, NASA planned to fly the shuttle over downtown Washington, DC.  The shuttle did three loops around the city, the final one a very tight loop that brought it right over the Mall where I was standing to take pictures. That was a very special day that I will never forget.  I can still hear the crowd begin to applaud as the shuttle first came into sight flying down from the north and turning toward the Washington Monument. There are a lot of times when living in Washington, DC is a major nuisance — motorcades at rush hour, sidewalk closures because someone big is in a hotel along where I need to walk, constant sirens.  But there are sometimes good things that come from living here as well.