Shuttle Discovery Flew Its Final Mission This Morning

By Josh Tyler | 8 years ago

NASA has retired its shuttle fleet which means American no longer has a way to put a man in outer space. So what do you do with the shuttles? Put them in a museum and remember the good old days when the United States was still interested in space exploration.

The shuttle Discovery flew its final mission this morning when it was piggybacked on top of a 747 and flown from Kennedy Space Center in Brevard, Florida to its new home in Washington DC. Here’s how it looked on its final flight…

That image was captured by a user on reddit. Here’s another amazing shot of the old girl as she approached Washington DC…

Shortly thereafter the shuttle touched down at Dulles International Airport just outside Washington. Now that its in our nation’s capital the Discovery will take up residence at the Smithsonian’s facility at Dulles. There she was greeted by former NASA astronauts…

The Discovery is the oldest surviving shuttle in NASA’s retired fleet, assuming you don’t count the Enterprise which was designed for atmospheric testing and never actually flew into outer space. The Enterprise, by the way, is already there at the Smithsonian. Now she’ll have company.

Here’s a couple more great images from Discovery’s final flight…

See hundreds more over on the Shuttle Discovery Flickr group.

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