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Space Shuttle Discovery Flies Over Langley High

Discovery flew 39 missions, more than any other vehicle in the
fleet. Its 26-year spaceflight career began Aug. 30, 1984, when
it carried six astronauts into orbit, and ended on March 9, 2011,
after Discovery delivered parts of the International Space Station.

Discovery flew 39 missions, more than any other vehicle in the fleet. Its 26-year spaceflight career began Aug. 30, 1984, when it carried six astronauts into orbit, and ended on March 9, 2011, after Discovery delivered parts of the International Space Station. Photo by Harris LaTeef/The Saxon Scope

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The Space Shuttle, its carrier plane, and a NASA T-38 Mission Support Aircraft circled the Washington area for about an hour until it landed at about 11 a.m. at Dulles Aiport.

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Many students and staff members left their classrooms to witness the Shuttle which was strapped to a NASA Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

Harris LaTeef, a 9th grader from Langley High School and Assistant Editor of The Saxon Scope, the school newspaper, was on top of the sports bleachers capturing photos of the Space Shuttle Discovery as it passed low over Langley on its way to Dulles Airport on April 17.