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Discovery Discovers Retirement

On This Day in 2012, Space Shuttle Discovery officially retired. It was transported to Dulles International Airport en route to the Smithsonian where it has become a permanent exhibit. Discovery is now amidst thousands of aviation and space artifacts in the James S McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center.

This space vehicle’s payload bay was home to the First International Microgravity Laboratory and this Foundation’s namesake during the STS-42 mission.


three women stand in front of old space shuttle

Space Shuttle Discovery’s new Smithsonian home is checked out by The Roberta Bondar Foundation Chair, Bonnie Patterson; Director, Dr Betty Roots; and Canadian Astronaut, Dr Roberta Bondar.

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