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April 19, 2012
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Canon EOS 7D
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1/1024 second
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120 mm
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Apr 17, 2012, 6:18:55 AM
EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
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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 )
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.
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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...
ZeusLike Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
airplane carrying a space shuttle .. so extra luggage fees are ridiculous ..
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.
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
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!
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?
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:
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!
OrionTheLugia 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...
RogueofAsgard Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Student Photographer
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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