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Aviation Photo #2083213 Rockwell Space Shuttle - NASA

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For the first time in my time span of photographing and being around the space shuttle fleet, I tick the Airliners.net upload box "preserved" for 'Discovery". Today is the milestone as she is finally done and ready for delivery to the Smithsonian. All that is left is for the ferry flight to Dulles. She is no longer capable of ever returning to operational status with multiple vital systems permanently disabled.
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    Suresh A. Atapattu
    NASA
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Rockwell
    OV-103
    OV-103
    Kennedy Space Center
    Florida
    USA
    March 9, 2012
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Anonymous
7 years ago
Couldn't they at least retire the bird with dignity and give her a fresh coat of paint? D;
Anonymous
7 years ago
I'm guessing it will be repainted at Smithsonian. No point in painting it before the flight up there.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Very sad photo to a Floridian that grew up in the era of the Space Shuttle. Still angry and saddened over their permanent retirement, especially with no replacement in place.
Anonymous
7 years ago
I think she's covered with ceramic tiles rather than paint. And besides I say NO to botoxing her space flight 'scars and wrinkles' away. She carries marks of her career with dignity.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Thank you, Discovery. You deserve more than this. T.B.
Anonymous
7 years ago
I wish they could line up the three orbiters before they are permanently separated.
Anonymous
7 years ago
A sad day and a momentous one at the same time. Thank you for all your photos of the shuttle program, Suresh. I've admired it vicariously through your work from up here in Canada.
David Shepherd

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