Discoverys Last Landing

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 9:58am

The Space Shuttle Discovery ends its nearly 27-year flying career on Wednesday.

NASA's oldest and most traveled shuttle lifted off for it's final trip to the international space station 13 days ago.

In its lifetime, discovery has carried 246 crewmembers into space and made nearly six thousand orbits around the earth.

It carried the first female pilot, first African-American space walker and the oldest astronaut, John Glenn.

Discovery also launched the Hubble Space Telescope and was the first shuttle to return to space following the Columbia and Challenger disasters.

For the final mission, Discovery's crew brought increased storage capacity to the I.S.S.

Astronauts also delivered Robonaut 2 to its new home: a fact that did not go unnoticed when President Obama put a call into the crew.

While Robonaut 2's mission is just beginning, this is the end of space flight for Discovery.

"It will be a bittersweet moment when we put her on deck at Kennedy Space Center," said Discovery pilot Eric Boe.

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