Stepped outside the Capital to watch Space Shuttle Discovery fly by. Great 30 years of space exploration. Farewell! twitter.com/SenJeffMerkley…— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) April 17, 2012
Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) called it an "amazing sight." Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) called it "amazing" that the Discovery traveled 149 million miles in space to make it to Washington.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his wife Cindy made it a family affair, camping out on the steps of the Capitol along with McCain's 100-year-old mother Roberta McCain, waiting for a sighting.
"I am so excited!" Cindy McCain tweeted.
And Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) took the opportunity to tweet a eulogy to Discovery and to America's ongoing "mission in space."
The retired space shuttle will ultimately be housed at the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, an annex of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Virginia.