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A view from the pilots seat in the cockpit of of space shuttle Endeavour is seen during a media tour at Kennedy Space Center Friday, April 6, 2012, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Space.com reports: The first 'A' in NASA's acronym name — Aeronautics — will play a leading role in the final flights of its recently retired shuttle program. Space agency jet aircraft will take to the air Thursday (April 5) to prepare for the first in a series of deliveries of space shuttles to museums.
NASA is set to deploy two of its four orbiters later this month, and will first fly space shuttle Discovery to Washington, D.C. for its display by the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. If weather allows, a modified Boeing 747 will convey the 30-year shuttle program's fleet leader from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Washington Dulles International Airport on the morning of Tuesday, April 17.