Space Shuttle Discovery rolls into the new museum hangar it will call home

POSTED: Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 3:30pm

UPDATED: Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 3:34pm

Crews have moved Space Shuttle Discovery into its cushy new retirement digs.

Before Discovery could settle into its place at the Air & Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center, the spot's previous occupant, Enterprise, had to be moved out in a process that began at about 7 a.m. Thursday.

To prepare, crews removed a portion of the hangar where Enterprise has resided, and guided a towing vehicle in front of the outgoing shuttle.

After Enterprise was pushed out of the hangar onto the tarmac, it did a bit of a dance with Discovery.

Northern Virginia's newest resident arrived from Dulles International Airport, where overnight Wednesday it was decoupled from the modified jumbo jet that brought it from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday.

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