Smithsonian welcomes Discovery to space collection
In this photo provided by the Smithsonian Institution via NASA, space shuttles Enterprise, left, and Discovery meet nose-to-nose at the beginning of a transfer ceremony at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Chantilly, Va. Space shuttle Discovery will take the place of Enterprise at the center to commemorate past achievements in space and retire as an artifact representing the 30-year shuttle program. (AP Photo/Smithsonian Institution via NASA, Carolyn Russo)
April 19, 2012 11:48:33 AM PDT
by BRETT ZONGKER Associated Press
CHANTILLY, Va. - April 19, 2012 --
NASA turned over space shuttle Discovery on Thursday to the Smithsonian Institution, the first in its orbiter fleet to be transferred to a U.S. museum.