Today marked a rather monumental occasion as the space shuttle Discovery made its final flight – not to the stars but to its permanent home at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum annex near Dulles, Va.
Library of Congress staff members were able to capture its final spin, as it took a few turns around the Capitol complex, including coming very close to the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building dome. You can see the video here, with Discovery perched atop a Boeing 747 jet.
Discovery is the most traveled spaceship, leading the fleet with 39 missions. It is also the first of the three retired shuttles to go on display at a museum. Sister ships Endeavour and Atlantis go on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, respectively, later this year.