AP: “The space shuttle Discovery soared over the Washington Monument, the White House and the Capitol in a high-flying salute to the nation’s capital Tuesday. The world’s most traveled spaceship, hitching a ride on top a Boeing 747 jet, took a couple of leisurely spins at an easy-to-spot 1,500 feet around Washington after a flight from Cape Canaveral, Fla.”
Our space program spun from it’s takeoff to it’s demise and with it all of our progress, leadership, jobs, respect… All was easy to spot. The location was perfect, over the White House. The symbolism was so valid, Discovery soared “hitching a ride on top a Boeing 747 jet”.
The once powerful exploratory space vehicle of America was unable to make the journey across a few states to be put on display for visitors to watch what America once achieved. Like an animal in a cage people will now pay for tickets to see it in a room and watch what it once did on nearby monitors.
Students can now watch other countries place their flags on unexplored planets during the school day on their computers.