Space shuttle serendipity

I was out for my 10am walk as usual. Walking up Joyce Street, just south of 395 and the Pentagon, I looked up and saw the space shuttle Discovery┬átaking a piggyback ride on 747. That’s when I remembered why there was so much traffic heading into the District this morning. I didn’t take a picture, but when I rounded the corner onto Army Navy Drive, it came around again, and I snapped two quick photos. This is the better one, zoomed in as much as I could manage. (The first flyby was much closer than this second one.)

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That blur at about 11 o’clock above the shuttle is a military fighter escort.

What was remarkable was that traffic on 395 had stopped. People had pulled over and gotten out of their cars┬áto watch and take pictures. I’ve never seen anything quite like that before.


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