Julie188 writes “The shuttle Discovery re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere for the last time Wednesday to close out the space plane’s 39th and final voyage. And so marks the beginning of the end for America’s shuttle program. Everything about the last flight felt epic, from how it overcame a down-to-the-last-second problem to launch on its final mission in February, to its sunny final landing this week. As it coasted to a stop, Discovery’s odometer stood at some 5,750 orbits covering nearly 150 million miles, during 39 flights spanning a full year in space — a record unrivaled in the history of manned rockets.”

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