Space Shuttle Discovery Heading Out

Posted: June 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: photography, travel | Tags: , , | No Comments »

I took this the week after the space shuttle Discovery landed at Dulles airport. The Udvar-Hazy Center was switching out the Enterprise for Discovery and sending it up to New York. The shuttle sat on the back of the NASA 747 for a few days before they were ready. I was at Dulles heading out to the C terminals to take a flight to Los Angeles back in late April. If you’ve never been to Dulles, they have these strange people movers called “Mobile Lounges“. They look like something out of a 1970’s sci-fi film. They have their place but they are slowly being phased out in favor of a modern train system that goes underground.

As we were riding along in the Mobile Lounge, the driver stopped and announced to us that we’d be stopping for one minute to view the shuttle. Well, I threw my bag on the floor, ripped out my camera, and started shooting away. I got a few good shots even though I was just a little too far away for my 55-200mm zoom.

While we will all welcome the new trains at Dulles, it sure was great that we got to stop and see the shuttle out there on the tarmac that day!