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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  • by Deborah Location: Tallahassee on Mar 10, 2011 at 02:21 PM
    The Space Shuttle last voyage- End of many yr's of the History made.Welcome Home Crew! You should be proud You were part of the history Made.Our past of children will remember,Our Children for the future will never know becauae of new face's from the higher took it away.
  • by terry Location: usa on Mar 10, 2011 at 12:10 PM
    there are no words- iagree but look at what we done to gods beautiful earth. this place is harley fit to live in. do we want to do the same to space.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2011 at 11:59 AM
    If our country was broke we would not be able to make the interest payments for our national debt. This is not the case. We are nowhere close to defaulting, so please stop repeating the 'broke' mantra. It just makes you seem uninformed (or misinformed which is worse).
  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2011 at 09:45 AM
    hey ,, it is what it is,,,,very well put ---
  • by Ramblin Rose Location: Tallahassee on Mar 10, 2011 at 06:10 AM
    Being a leader is not an easy tasks and the US is the world leader in space exploration - but China is catching up fast. The U.S. is definitely not broke. The current deficit pales when compared to the cash reserves being hoarded in the private industrial world.
  • by it is what it is on Mar 10, 2011 at 04:49 AM
    NASA needs to be reeled in. The country is broke and we have no business going back to the Moon. We've been there, there's nothing there. In better times - maybe. Until we run the morons that are running this country out of office we need to stop the spending. We also need to cut off aid to countries that hate us. Sad, but it's reality. These shuttles are dinosaurs, they'll look good in a museum.
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