Space Suttle Discovery Flies One More Time Into Retirement [Video]
The space program is all but over and the space shuttle program has ended. Space Shuttle Discovery made it's final voyage yesterday around Washington D.C. on the back of a NASA 747 headed for retirement at the Smithsonian. Throngs pf people watched Discovery say goodbye as it made it's way from Cape Canaveral, Florida to Dulles International Airport. Discovery's first mission began on August 30, 1984 and ended it's final mission on March 9, 2011 spending a total of 365 days in space over it's lifetime.
Discovery was the third orbiter behind Columbia and Challenger and did so many things over the years like launch the Hubble Telescope and helped build the International Space Station.
Discovery flew over D.C. at an altitude of 1,500 feet, making it plainly visible to the huge crowd below. Watching a shuttle in the sky is one of the most awesome sights there is. I was lucky enough to watch Challenger land at Edwards Air Force Base in California after it's maiden voyage and I can honestly say, that was one of the most spectaular events I ever saw. See it's final flight and first launch below. So long Discovery and thank you.