Personal photos of the Space Shuttle Discovery arriving in Washington D.C. Last week, a friend of mine, Kirby Plessas, witnessed the arrival of Space Shuttle Discovery into Washington D.C. Here are some of the photos she took, see the full set on Flickr. A crowd awaits Space Shuttle Discovery at the Udvar-Hazy Smithsonian in Northern Virginia (outside Wash DC). Space Shuttle Discovery has arrived. Discovery's thermal tiles (on the nose, bottom) are still damaged from its last space mission. That's a NASA chase plane (lower right) flying escort. NASA’s Chase Planes – T-38 Talon Supersonic Jet Soon Space Shuttle Enterprise will be flown to it's new home, the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier in New York City.