April 17, 2012 at 9:01 AM ET
Today I'm following the final flight of the shuttle Discovery.
For updates, check our running story about the Discovery's final flight on msnbc.com, watch NASA's live TV coverage above, and please do follow me on Twitter throughout the day. I'm happy to take your questions. To get my attention, just send your question or comment to @b0yle, or use the hashtag #msnbcspace.
The most flown spacecraft in history, Discovery is heading from its old home base at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to its new home base at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia.
First stop was Dulles International Airport, where the shuttle and its carrier plane touched down this morning. Over the next day or so, Discovery will be lifted off the jet and brought over to the adjacent Udvar-Hazy Center for display on Thursday alongside the prototype shuttle Enterprise, which has been at the museum since 1985. Next week, Enterprise will be flown from Dulles to New York, where it will go on exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
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