After seeing all the pics on facebook from my friends who work in DC, I knew I needed to make my way outside to see if I could spot a plane in the sky. But this was not just any plane. This was a 747 airline with the space ship Discovery strapped to its back. And sure enough I, while standing outside my building, I looked up and coming over the trees right above me flying very low was the 747 carrying the Discovery on its last flight ever before resting in the Udvar Hazy Museum. That is definitely something you don't see everyday.
Here is the memo that was sent to the Dept of Education employees. Not your typical office memo.
"The Space Shuttle Discovery is scheduled to fly over Washington, D.C., and the National Mall, within the next 30 minutes or so. Employees are advised that they may wish to look at the window or go outside of your building to view this historic moment.Space Shuttle Discovery left from the Kennedy Space Center in Brevard, Fla., and is riding atop a 747. The plane is scheduled to soar just 1,500 feet over the nation's capital, flying over the Potomac River, Reagan Airport and National Mall before touching down at Dulles Airport.NASA officials did not release full details of the flight path because of security reasons. But NASA encouraged people in the Washington, D.C. area to try to spot the shuttle. If all goes according to plan, employees may be able to catch a sighting sometime between 10 and 10:30 a.m. eastern time.After 39 trips into space, NASA's oldest surviving shuttle will settling into its retirement home at the Smithsonian institution's Udvar-Hazy facility at Dulles International Airport, in Northern Virginia."
Pictures above are courtesy of yahoo.com as I didn't have my camera with me at work today. :(