This week NASA‘s space shuttle Discovery will fly low over Washington, D.C., atop a jumbo jet and roll into its new permanent home with the Smithsonian Institution. Once the spaceship is settled into the museum, visitors won’t be able to hop into the commander’s seat and fiddle with switches—the institution intends to seal up Discovery indefinitely. To provide an unprecedented look at Discovery and the other retired space shuttles, both inside and out, photographers with National Geographic recently capture  more than two dozen ultrahigh-resolution, 360-degree pictures of each orbiter. (The Society owns National Geographic News.)

 
** Space Shuttle in Extreme Detail: Exclusive New Pictures / National Geographic / Dave Moser

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