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Space shuttle Discovery lands for last time at new museum home

Space shuttle Discovery soared around the Washington Monument and the White House in a salute to the nation's capital Tuesday before landing for the last time near its new museum home.

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The space shuttle Discovery is shown attached to a modified NASA 747 aircraft as it is towed from the Mate Demate facility at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Members of the media photograph the space shuttle Discovery at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.

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The space shuttle Discovery takes off to its final home at The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

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Space shuttle Discovery makes a final pass over the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex rocket garden at Cape Canaveral.

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Space Shuttle Discovery flies past the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol.

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Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), makes its way past Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington.

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The space shuttle Discovery performs a fly-by as it arrives at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

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Commercial airliners wait and airport workers watch as the space shuttle Discovery taxis after arriving at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

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