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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Discovery Shuttle

On Friday I had a chance to go out to Dulles to see the Discovery Shuttle that was just flown in on Tuesday.  I was out of town on Tuesday and missed the chance to see it fly over DC.  Discovery was different in condition from the Enterprise that was at the museum before.  The Enterprise had never been in space and looked in much better shape.  The Discovery had a great deal of wear and tear.
Looking at the heat tiles you can see this wear and tear.  The lighter color tiles are the oldest and the darker ones are newer.
The sides of the shuttle showed the effects of 39 space missions, the most of any shuttle.
In the distance you can see the Enterprise Shuttle on top of the plane waiting to go to NY next week.

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