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Thank You Discovery

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Tuesday April 17, 2012

Centreville, VA (Current Weather Conditions)

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20. llpj04
3:18 AM GMT on April 18, 2012
Thanks for posting this wonderful reminder of the achievements so many dedicated souls made possible!
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19. jennjeff1
2:47 AM GMT on April 18, 2012
Congratulations on your first AC and a historic moment in American history....

~Jeff
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18. beanhead
2:43 AM GMT on April 18, 2012
Thanks for sharing this with us!
Cool!
Congrats on your first AC!
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17. gatorgal
1:14 AM GMT on April 18, 2012
Excellent series and so very wonderful of you to gets these historic images.
Very very nice and a big Thank You!!
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16. MissKitty2
1:10 AM GMT on April 18, 2012
She's a beautiful sight but sad to see the end of this era in space exploration...sad and thankful at the same time. I would always hold my breath as they lifted off and again until they returned safely to Earth. It's bittersweet to see it finished!

Ditto to what EndlessHorizon said. A grateful nation salutes NASA and all the men and women associated with it through the years. There are so many wonderful moments that we can all recall about watching these big birds fly and what they represented to the United States and to the rest of the world.

Thank you coyotee for these photos as Discovery travels to her final resting place in the Smithsonian Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Centre, Chantilly, VA. Congratulations on your AC photo.
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15. ruralartist
11:58 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Great shot to remember the shuttle by, I remember the first space capsule and Walter Cronkite reporting. I will miss looking up at night to watch it pass overhead too.
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14. colamom
9:49 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Oh Wow! These are great! Congratulations on the AC!
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13. EndlessHorizon
9:09 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Fantastic! Were you on one of the chase planes? These shots are amazing!

I can't help but feel these last ferry flights are like Bobby Kennedy's final long train trip. While NASA has long had a huge pile of functional problems, the space program put our nation's (and the world's) eyes firmly on the future; it inspired us and helped bring us together. We lack something like that today; we need more than money worries, tech toys and ideological/power squabbles.

Ok, I'm off my rickety old soapbox. Whatever else they meant to me and others, these shuttles are beautiful things, and I am proud of them and the men and women who designed them, built them, maintained them, those who funded them, kept them flying, and those took them into space, and the families who supported all these people. And a deep thank you to all who came before, who made Discovery and the other shuttles possible. And now, a grateful thanks to those who will now put them on display for everyone to see.

Thanks again to you, and to others here who have posted such magnificent shots of Discovery's last ferry flight. So beautiful!

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12. windchimes1
7:27 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
AWESOME SERIES. Thank you for sharing.
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11. coyotee
7:18 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Thanks everyone it was an honor to be there today.
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10. newenglandlight
7:13 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Awesome shot! Thanks for sharing and congrats on the AC!
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9. CythiaSue
6:51 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Beautiful!
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8. dixiedaughter
6:40 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Very cool, congratulations!
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7. Proserpina
6:28 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Congratulations! We sure had some exciting and proud moments today!
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6. kristinarinell
5:47 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Nice capture! Congrats!
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5. Doesiedoats
5:29 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Wonderful shot and series. 10s all
around from me too.

Thank you ever so much for sharing.

Congratulations on your very first AC.
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4. Biskitten
5:20 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Super capture - AC Congrats!
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3. gilg72
5:16 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Fantastic Photo & series. Great series. 10s on all. Thank you for sharing. This one on my Favs now.
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2. catilac
5:16 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Fantastic!
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1. paramountphoto
4:58 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Nice photo. Glad to see the Airforce escorting the shuttle to her final destination. It is sad to see the space program end, there is still so much more to learn.
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coyotee

Hello all. I look at the photos on this site everyday and here are my humble contributions. I feel almost envious of some of the others skills here and of course I'm jealous of what some of you have out your back door or windows, it really makes me want to travel more. In the meantime, I'm a skywarn spotter so my favorite subject matter is storms but I am starting to explore the artful side of nature photography but I'm not real sure I have the eye for it. I hope one day to be able to post a "wow" picture like the ones I often see on this site. Happy Browsing!

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