Space Shuttle Discovery Lands, Ends Flying Career

By: Assocaited Press
By: Assocaited Press

Cape Canaveral, FL (AP) - Space shuttle Discovery is back on
Earth from its final voyage.

The world's most flown spaceship landed at NASA's Florida
spaceport a few minutes before noon Wednesday. The space center was
packed with workers, journalists and even some schoolchildren eager to see history in the making.

Discovery will now be retired and, several months from now, head to the Smithsonian Institution. It's the first of NASA's three surviving shuttles to be decommissioned.

It ended its flying career with 148 million miles and 365 days spent in space.

Two shuttle flights remain, by Endeavour, then Atlantis.

Discovery and its six astronauts spent more than a week at the
International Space Station.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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