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N905NA / 376 (cn 20107/86) Farewell, Discovery! Shuttle Discovery departs Florida for the final time in history at sunrise, atop NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, bound for the Smithsonian in Washington DC.
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A visitor from - posted Fri June 22, 2012:
"He ain't heavy, he's my..."

A visitor from United States posted Mon June 4, 2012:

A visitor from - posted Fri May 11, 2012:
Awesome shot, it does seem to be "flying off into history" literally and figuratively. Thanks for sharing and posting without the "watermark" it looks beautiful as my desktop wallpaper.

A visitor from Canada posted Sun April 29, 2012:
Yes I believe it was a wire of some sort. This unexpected shot happened quickly as the SCA circled behind us, unplanned, and there was no time to notice or move.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu April 26, 2012:
That's a beautiful shot, but what is the faded line running through the shot at the top? Is it a telephone wire or something?

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri April 20, 2012:
Epic. The best farewell shot Discovery could wish.

A visitor from - posted Thu April 19, 2012:
Just magnificent!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed April 18, 2012:
You will be missed

A visitor from United States posted Wed April 18, 2012:
Ben, simply breath-taking! Tony

A visitor from - posted Wed April 18, 2012:
Great shot!

A visitor from - posted Wed April 18, 2012:
Love it. However is one for the museum and is one for the desert?

A visitor from - posted Wed April 18, 2012:
Awesome picture of a historic flight!!

A visitor from New Zealand posted Wed April 18, 2012:
The final 'lift off'. Thanks Ben

A visitor from France posted Wed April 18, 2012:
A worthy farewell picture for a great era ! Stunning !

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed April 18, 2012:
Nothing to say! 6 Stars!!!

A visitor from - posted Tue April 17, 2012:
Just stunning, amazing capture gives us the essence of two American aerospace icons - the Shuttle and the 747

A visitor from United States posted Tue April 17, 2012:
Awesome shot, Ben! Absolutely beautiful!

A visitor from France posted Tue April 17, 2012:
Wow amazing picture the light ,the two birds everything is here

A visitor from United States posted Tue April 17, 2012:
What an iconic shot!

A visitor from - posted Tue April 17, 2012:
What an amazing photo!!! Very nice indeed!

A visitor from - posted Tue April 17, 2012:
Simply Breathtaking shot!

A visitor from - posted Tue April 17, 2012:
Enjoy your new home Discovery

A visitor from - posted Tue April 17, 2012:
Gorgeous backdrop with the sunrise behind clouds, great silhouette of the very unusual-looking aircraft in the sky and in action (banked), great framing. A once-in-a-blue-moon shot, congrats!

A visitor from United States posted Tue April 17, 2012:
Simply stunning!!! Everything about this photos is amazing. Thanks Ben

A visitor from - posted Tue April 17, 2012:
No words needed

A visitor from - posted Tue April 17, 2012:
That's a great image. It's symbolic of Discovery helping the country go into a new day.

A visitor from - posted Tue April 17, 2012:
So nostalgic, a beautiful pic to capture a moment of aerospace history

A visitor from Germany posted Tue April 17, 2012:
Fantastic, what a great farewell shot - congratulations Ben!

A visitor from United States posted Tue April 17, 2012:
....And off into the sunset (or in this case rise) it rides. It's work here is done!

A visitor from United States posted Tue April 17, 2012:
That's very artistic... and fitting. :(

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue April 17, 2012:
Sometimes words are not able to describe what they see. Ben, this is unbelievable. Thats finally the picture, how I will remember all the shuttles... THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT "WOW" FEELING !!!!

A visitor from - posted Tue April 17, 2012:
Great contrast. The break in the clouds sharply highlights the details of the joined aircraft. A very poignant moment with the end of the program.

A visitor from Canada posted Tue April 17, 2012:
Extremely fitting, as the sun sets on Discovery's legendary life

A visitor from United States posted Tue April 17, 2012:

A visitor from - posted Tue April 17, 2012:
My vote for PC for such a sensual picture. You've done a very good job taking this unique photo! I don't think it was easy to find the right place out of airport for this beauty but you did it and now we'll remember this photo for a long time! Thx!

A visitor from United States posted Tue April 17, 2012:
That is an absolutely stunning capture! It's almost as if "someone above" was helping to create a beautiful backdrop for a historic, bittersweet moment.

A visitor from - posted Tue April 17, 2012:
What an awesome capture! Really sad to see this Era in Aviation end. But what a sight! Congratulations!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue April 17, 2012:
Farewell and thank you Discovery!

A visitor from United States posted Tue April 17, 2012:
Sad to see the program end but the politics killed another great program at nasa

A visitor from - posted Tue April 17, 2012:

A visitor from - posted Tue April 17, 2012:
This shows how magical Nasa used to make us dream. Congratulations. Anthony G.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Tue April 17, 2012:
Goodbye Space Shuttle! This view will never be forgotten... Thanks for sharing Ben.

A visitor from United States posted Tue April 17, 2012:
Wow. what a great picture on such a sad day.

A visitor from United States posted Tue April 17, 2012:
What a beautiful picture, colors look fantastic!

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