Skip to content

Flashback Friday: The final flight of Space Shuttle Discovery

A look back into the CQ Roll Call photo archives

The Space Shuttle Discovery atop NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747, passes by the Washington Monument during its final flight on April 17, 2012.
The Space Shuttle Discovery atop NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747, passes by the Washington Monument during its final flight on April 17, 2012. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The entire CQ Roll Call photo staff mobilized eight years ago Friday to capture the Space Shuttle Discovery’s flight over Washington and the U.S. Capitol. The flight originated from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, with a final destination of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a part of Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, in Virginia. Here are a few photos from that memorable day.

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy points up as the Space Shuttle Discovery makes one of several passes by the Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Spectators gather at the Capitol to watch the flyby. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)
The NASA 747 transport jet carries the Discovery as it flies over the Capitol. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Gracie Hollimas, 11, and other sixth-graders from Macon, Ga., watch from the East Front of the Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
The space shuttle passes by the House side of the Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Recent Stories

Post-pandemic vaccine hesitancy fueling latest measles outbreak

Capitol Lens | Stepping out

House lawmakers grill Austin over secretive hospitalization

At the Races: A John trifecta

House passes two-tiered stopgap bill, the last one, in theory

Capitol Ink | Senate landmarks