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The Space shuttle Discovery, mounted on top of a modified 747, flies over the Atlantic Ocean as it makes a low pass over Cocoa Beach, Fla. for the final time heading to Washington D.C. and the Smithsonian. On Thursday, it will be towed to its permanent installation at the Smithsonian's annex in northern Virginia. (AP Photo/Florida Today,Craig Rubadoux )

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The Space shuttle Discovery, mounted on top of a modified 747, flies over the Atlantic Ocean as it makes a low pass over Cocoa Beach, Fla. for the final time heading to Washington D.C. and the Smithsonian. On Thursday, it will be towed to its permanent installation at the Smithsonian's annex in northern Virginia. (AP Photo/Florida Today,Craig Rubadoux )

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  • The Space shuttle Discovery, mounted on top of a modified 747, flies over the Atlantic Ocean as it makes a low pass over Cocoa Beach, Fla. for the final time heading to Washington D.C. and the Smithsonian. On Thursday, it will be towed to its permanent installation at the Smithsonian's annex in northern Virginia. (AP Photo/Florida Today,Craig Rubadoux )
  • Media from around the world photograph crews at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Saturday morning, April 14, 2012 as they work on preparations to attach the space shuttle Discovery to a modified Boeing 747, not pictured, that will ferry the spacecraft to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. (AP Photo/Florida Today, Craig Rubadoux)
  • The Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted on the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flies over the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Discovery is en route from Kennedy Space Center to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar/Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
  • Space shuttle Discovery atop a 747 carrier jet departs the Kennedy Space Center, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Discovery is being transported to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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