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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A former astronaut, who traveled into space on the Space Shuttle Discovery, has advice to all future torch bearers: "Study Russian."

Dr. Anna Fisher, mother of 9News Now Reporter Kristin Fisher Forehand, and a former astronaut, told a group of children to make sure to study Russian if they want to be astronauts when they grow up.

Since the United States has suspended the shuttle program, Russia and possibly China will be the main two countries attempting to travel into space in the next few decades.

On Tuesday, the Space Shuttle Discovery was flown over the DC Metropolitan and suburban areas on its last day of flight. The shuttle will be retired to the Smithsonian Museum, where it will remain on display for people to see it up close.

Dr. Fisher was giving advice to the children as they looked at the shuttle fly over DC Tuesday.