Space shuttle Discovery lands at new home near DC

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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) MANDATORY CREDIT
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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) MANDATORY CREDIT

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — Space shuttle Discovery has landed at Washington Dulles International Airport, where its wheels will stop for the last time at the Smithsonian.

The world's most traveled spaceship landed Tuesday after taking off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and soaring around the Washington Monument and White House in a salute to the nation's capital. Discovery rode on the back of a 747 jet and took a spin around Washington at an easy-to-spot 1,500 feet before it was grounded for good.

Discovery will be towed Thursday to its installation at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum annex near Dulles in northern Virginia.

Discovery flew nearly 149 million miles before retiring last year.

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Borenstein reported from Washington.

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AP Aerospace writer Marcia Dunn in Cape Canaveral, Fla., contributed to this report.

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