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The space shuttle Discovery took off on its final voyage, on a piggyback jet ride to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Virginia annex. The United States retired its space shuttles last year after finishing construction of the $100 billion International Space Station, a project of 15 countries, to begin work on a new generation of spaceships that can carry astronauts to destinations beyond the station's 240-mile-high (384-km-high) orbit. For its last ride, Discovery took off not from its seaside launch pad but atop a modified Boeing 747 carrier jet that taxied down the Kennedy Space Center's runway at dawn. The shuttle's tail was capped with an aerodynamically shaped cone and its windows were covered.

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The space shuttle Discovery, attached to a modified NASA 747 aircraft, takes off headed for it's final home at The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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The space shuttle Discovery, attached to a modified NASA 747 aircraft, takes off headed for it's final home at The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

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The space shuttle Discovery, attached to a modified NASA 747 aircraft, makes a final flyby before heading for it's final home at The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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The space shuttle Discovery, riding atop a NASA 747 transport jet, performs a fly-by as it arrives at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

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The space shuttle Discovery, riding atop a NASA 747 transport jet, performs a fly-by as it arrives at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

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On it's final mission, the Space Shuttle Discovery rides atop a NASA modified 747 plane over Washington.

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The space shuttle Discovery, riding atop a NASA 747 transport jet, arrives at Dulles International Airport in Virginia April 17, 2012. Discovery will go on display at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center.

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Space Shuttle Discovery flies past the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington.

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The space shuttle Discovery rides on top of a NASA 747 transport jet over Washington before landing at it permanent home in the Smithsonian Museum at Dulles International Airport.

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The space shuttle Discovery, riding atop a NASA 747 transport jet, performs a fly-by as it arrives at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

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The space shuttle Discovery, riding atop a NASA 747 transport jet, performs a fly-by as it arrives at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

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The space shuttle Discovery, riding atop a NASA 747 transport jet, arrives at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.