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Discovery's Final Fly-over by OpticaLLightspeed Discovery's Final Fly-over by OpticaLLightspeed
Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103) flying over the SLF for the last time on it's way to Washington D.C. and the Smithsonian. The Steven F. Udvar-hazy annex of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum will be the new home of Discovery.
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Given 2012-04-25
The suggester says, "The end of an era - captured by one of the people who's been a part of the program. Gorgeous light and a truly historic moment". Discovery's Final Fly-over by *Jbak ( Suggested by ByteStudio and Featured by xbastex )
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See this image pretty well, Deviants. This is the last time we will watch this. A shuttle being transported by a Boeing 747.
It looks like it was yesterday, in the year 1981, where we began researching on a re-usable space machine, baptized as the spaxe shuttle.
In how many missions they have been, that helped in the space lab, the first lab in space proving if a man could survive being in outer space, the the Challenger, we must remember those poor souls ´´that went in the shuttle in an attempt to touch the face of god`` as R. Reagan said.
And the last but not the less clever, the Discovery, the shuttle that helped to asemmble the Hubble telescope, repair it, and then arming the International Space Station.
Save this image, print it, and tell your children and grandchildren about it.
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Its sad to see a piece of History never getting to fly again, its like clipping the wings of a bird. Take Space Shuttle Columbia for example, she was great without blowing up, until the day she did, and just like Challenger, on its maiden flight, it blew up, only several survived and today are in Museums.

I can see Discovery has Rust on its nose, thats how it gets when the fire forms when the atmosphere contacts with the shuttle. Now lets get off of the others and the science of the Atmosphere and get on to Discovery. She made many Famous Flights, like STS 107, Columbia was suppose to fly STS 107, but Discovery replaced her, today Discovery is a relic of many, many years of the Space Shuttle Program. Discovery reminds of all the others like Atlantis, America(Was An actuall Space Shuttle), Challenger, Columbia, mostly all of them.

Goodbye my friend, see you the enxt time i go to DC
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ClearedHot Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Great shot! If only the Challenger could have seen this...
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ZeusLike Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
airplane carrying a space shuttle .. so extra luggage fees are ridiculous ..
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Number1Parody Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome picture!! I saw it fly over last week and I took a pic too but nothing even close to this clear. Beautiful.
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Your shots here of Discovery are just fantastic!!! What a great tribute and memory of this outstanding spacecraft!!! :D
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Ashley-ish-Here Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
This event was so special and you wanna know what I did? I DITCHED SCHOOL AND CHASED IT! I never felt so happy, sad, angry, miserable, excited, and tired at the same time whenever I see it but this shot is so beautiful!
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TygerStryke Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
The End of an Era.
Yet another icon dies thanks to an illegal immigrant in the Oval.
What's next? Lady Liberty melted down?
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NebetSeta Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Seeing this, all I can do is nod. Definitely nostalgic. I hope someday we'll get back to the space program; but, until then, I hope we fix up ourselves and the Earth. :aww:
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Twhitehouse Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
I was only a few months old when the Challenger disaster occurred, but it left its memory on me, and I've been interesting in the space program ever since. This shot very nicely captures the sunset of the Shuttle program, with what looks like a sunset reflecting off the paint of the airplane's nose, the soft ambers on the orbiter's body. Or it could be a sunrise and I'm an idiot. But, very nicely shot. I have to ask, how did you capture this shot? I have to guess you were able to fly parallel in another plane and shoot through a really clean window? Love it!
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OrionTheLunarBird Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
I was there up near the corner of the roped of area next to the controll tower...

BTW is it alright if I died a little inside when i wave bye to her? :( after all she has been a part of my life since i was born... :)

she is such a beautiful bird even with her wings clipped... you will always be in my heart... ill come visit you and i will give them hell if they mistreat you...
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RogueofAsgard Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
being 30 and ridiculously into the space program... the shuttle has been a part of my life for my entire life..... this shot brings tears to my eyes. absolutely beautiful.

Rest well, Discovery. You've earned it.
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adrai Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
It must be wonderful to see this for yourself. I envy ...
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Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, Discovery, for 39 sucessful missions!
Awesome shot!
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jcantelo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic. A truly historic moment you have captured. :)
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black-shaddow-walker Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
in my time I grew up watching several of these shuttle not make back to earth. I feel that Nasa should not give up on a aircraft like this. I agree that these birds need to be parked after so many trips but I truly think that Nasa needs to come up with a new design that will surpass these Birds. If a CEO of Virgin Mobile can make a two part aircraft [link] that can half way or more than Nasa can do the same.
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LavaLizard Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing that jet can fly with the shuttle ontop of it like that.

Great shot. Wish I could have been there to see it in person.
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TheArcticFlame Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad I got to see one of the last shuttle launches from the Kennedy Space Center. It was a great moment that I'll never forget.
Great shot and congrats on the DD.
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LS-arcaniaux Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012   Writer
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seeing this is like...just wordless...it was more of an end of an era, the Space Shuttle Program has been one of the major feat that mankind has the potential to discover the final frontier: SPACE. :iconfinallyplz:
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SakuraBomb Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;~; End of an era...
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gonzo576 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Still a better love story thant twilight"
lol just needed to say that.
Amazing shot!!!
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TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Goddamnit, this makes me sad...
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bhalstead Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012   Photographer
I like how the tiles on the space shuttle are discolored from (I suppose) the wear and tear of its many missions.
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Uber-Stooge Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
a fine photo for a fine moment ( this thing was a money pit )
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Lynxclaw Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Wow, amazing shot!
That'll be a great addition to the Smithsonian.
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Thunderbird330 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible! How were you able to get such an amazing shot?
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masterfug Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
you got to hate when people bring to much with them when they travel
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pseudocide335 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It wouldn't fit in the carry-on bins. :/
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masterfug Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
that is true, but I would hate to see that bill O_O
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pseudocide335 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And good luck picking it up at baggage claim.
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TheInnocentDevil Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, a very great, lucky shot!!

I've been reading a bit about NASA lately, nice timing here. XD
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bp2007 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Excellent. Congratulations on DD.
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Graeth-Raltharn Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
:salute:
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vipersblade Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I just barely missed that launch :(
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Devilchild93 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Wow, thats awesome.
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DeathOfATragedy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An historic moment for the last moments of an engineering wonder. :)
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Spectacular!! Thank you so much for sharing this with our community here on DA, as there are many like myself who were not able to witness this machine in person.

Congrats on an exemplary Daily Deviation! :clap: :thumbsup:
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kitsunelegend Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool dude. I remember seeing it fly over my work that day, everyone was all spazzing out to get a picture of it.XD I tried to even get a video of it, but it was horrible.^^; This is a very nice shot. Congratz on the DD too!:D
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Willymcmilly Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice.
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wayner8088 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHAT A SHOT!!!!!! WAAOOOWWWW!!! :wow:
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Kuragiman Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Discovery and all the other shuttles that took us from our homes whether by TV or by actually being on board and let us catch a glimpse of what only Science Fiction could dream of in the early part of the 1900's. The sacrifices by the men and women that do this dangerous work that we all consider so mundane will never be forgotten by me. I pray for a time when the country can once more fly a ship into the heavens, when NASA isn't an all but forgotten entity by not only the people but the very government. Farewell and God speed.
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SimplyKnownAsKat Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great shot of a bittersweet moment.
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silverfang07 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing shot....

I must see Discovery someday, along with the rest of the aircraft there :3
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Artha-Amberose Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
I was gonna shout "Plane Sex!" But then I saw that I wasn't the only one who thought that xD

Anyway - this is a great shot!
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calgarc Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Artist
the shuttle needs a wash and a wax lol :D great shot anyway
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Rainbowmare Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Oh wow this is amazing.
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invadermayhem Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012   General Artist
Airplane SEX!
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indepthsofsilence Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
I was about to cry when I saw this comment. LOL
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invadermayhem Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012   General Artist
Do people really have nothing better to do than read through all the comments on a DD?
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indepthsofsilence Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
..and reply on another comment? These 'people' need a life, don't you think? :D
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invadermayhem Featured By Owner May 8, 2012   General Artist
I try not to do too much thinking...
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Usaru-San Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Dude I thought that too!
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