Space Shuttle Discovery’s Last Flight in Pictures

eee4964607d18eb25cd4a44b6c53a2a7 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures01. The space shuttle Discovery moves to launch pad 39A from the vehicle assembly building at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, January 31, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

March 9th 2011 saw the end of an era. The Space Shuttle Discovery landed for the last time after a 13-day space mission to the International Space Station. Discovery served NASA for 27 years, flew 39 missions, spent exactly one year (365 days) in space and orbited the earth 5,830 times. Let’s hope she finds a good resting place.

 

0fd6e47cd93a8651eba84b0f143d3f9a Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures02. The space shuttle Discovery moves to launch pad 39A from the vehicle assembly building at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, January 31, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

efe090d060aee28fd8291c04e7c3c688 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures03. The space shuttle Discovery moves to launch pad 39A from the vehicle assembly building at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida January 31, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

b9cd234da89ceec930bb4a0fc2f3c690 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures04. Space shuttle Discovery moves to launch pad 39A from the vehicle assembly building at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida January 31, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

d6d72428273bb474eb532aaa062b6f05 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures05. The space shuttle Discovery is prepared for launch as the Rotating Service Structure is rolled back at launch pad 39A, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 23, 2011. Discovery is scheduled for launch with a crew of six astronauts on February 24 on a mission to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

07e5f69b742edbc7d72f9a473e783a74 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures06. The space shuttle Discovery is prepared for launch as the Rotating Service Structure is rolled back at launch pad 39A, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 23, 2011. Discovery is scheduled for launch with a crew of six astronauts on February 24 on a mission to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

4d48b21fc954c8cc5afbf65d4c025d61 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures07. Space shuttle Discovery crewmembers (L-R) Mission Specialist Nicole Stott, Mission Specialist Michael Barratt, Benjamin Drew Jr., Mission Specialist Steve Bowen, Pilot Eric A. Boe and Mission Commander Steven Lindsey wave before boarding the astronaut van for the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Discovery is set for launch on a mission to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

2c2991860510a229fa39be0cc1035ad1 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures08. Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Space shuttle Discovery launched into orbit on its final flight on Thursday for a 11-day mission to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Scott Audette

93ce70384cb8d3daa3aaec957a55bde1 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures09. Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Space shuttle Discovery launched into orbit on its final flight on Thursday for a 11-day mission to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

8565f46ae3ac1c72238747d04788d793 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures10. Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Six astronauts are aboard on a mission to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

d7ecbd81f68382bce8e4fdff38bb5601 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures11. Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Space shuttle Discovery launched into orbit on its final flight on Thursday for a 11-day mission to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Scott Audette

ce0ea4cef9ca1abdc03b83ee8933e4b3 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures12. Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Space shuttle Discovery launched into orbit on its final flight on Thursday for a 11-day mission to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

fed790d5ed53f9c92d24ec937a7169e0 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures13. Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Space shuttle Discovery launched into orbit on its final flight on Thursday for a 11-day mission to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Scott Audette

cb9f95a3287307964e81194d83dfd574 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures14. Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Space shuttle Discovery launched into orbit on its final flight on Thursday for a 11-day mission to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Scott Audette

df1f910f7b3cedcc87045266efc47277 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures15. Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Six astronauts are aboard on a mission to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Scott Audette (UNITED STATES – Tags: TRANSPORT SCI TECH)

21c78cc3367a59b09f95c744def5e7ed Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures16. Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Six astronauts are aboard on a mission to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

80013007fd9cdffcd44bbe272f21ef4c Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures17. Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Space shuttle Discovery launched into orbit on its final flight on Thursday for a 11-day mission to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

7599235e8216bd15dcfc78b1380fa956 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures18. The vacant structure of launch pad 39A is shown after space shuttle Discovery lifted off for the final time at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Space shuttle Discovery blasted off for the last time on Thursday, carrying six astronauts and carting a load of supplies, spare parts and a robot for the International Space Station. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

af2294c95c4d0d4968ed6711d06a39f3 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures19. Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Six astronauts are aboard on a mission to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

938a33cdb0b90f8b15bcd191cbce3222 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures20. Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Space shuttle Discovery launched into orbit on its final flight on Thursday for a 11-day mission to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

050c83b31eaf9fa890b0e2c47b3b401f Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures21. Spectators watch as space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Six astronauts are aboard on a mission to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

0f2ce6ecc484290cb714980be1a5f1a9 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures22. NASA management watch the launch of space shuttle Discovery (STS-133) from the firing room at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Discovery, on its 39th and final flight, is carrying the Italian-built Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM), Express Logistics Carrier 4 (ELC4) and Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space to the International Space Station. REUTERS/NASA/Bill Ingalls/Handout

09a552b5e4e3949b7b6158b5d745669b Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures23. Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Discovery carries a crew of six astronauts on a mission to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Michael Berrigan

62bf4c35e37dab71c3edc81ab376248c Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures24. Space shuttle Discovery (below) continues to orbit as the solid rocket boosters separate from the spacecraft after it lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Space shuttle Discovery launched into orbit on its final flight on Thursday for a 11-day mission to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

211fc78770514fe4c414417bd2b5185a Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures25. The underbelly of the space shuttle Discovery is seen during launch from a camera mounted aboard the orbiter’s external fuel tank in this still image taken from video, February 24, 2011. REUTERS/NASA TV

020498af7bad7e5803a6192a740293c4 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures26. Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Discovery carries a crew of six astronauts on a mission to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

4f4cceba3e19a3f9fecb5cbeed677826 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures27. A youngster waves as space shuttle Discovery lifts off at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

a6b87691f8344d7f3a56c672f8e99cbb Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures28. A long range tracking camera shows a close-up view of the space shuttle Discovery en route to space with it’s three main engines and two solid rocket boosters firing in this still image taken from video, February 24, 2011. REUTERS/NASA TV

6d1117bb9294405910e1eb643f56e6a8 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures29. Space Shuttle Discovery mission specialists Steve Bowen (C) and Nicole Stott (R) work on the middeck of the orbiter as the crew prepares to dock with the International Space Station in this photo provided by NASA and taken February 24, 2011. REUTERS/NASA Handout

5d50eab0540ce4c6d60123b9bd9cb2f6 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures30. Space Shuttle Discovery mission specialist Nicole Stott works on the middeck of the orbiter as the crew prepares to dock with the International Space Station in this photo provided by NASA and taken February 24, 2011. REUTERS/NASA Handout

a42db7582d72f1ce2eda6619d4fd76de Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures31. Space Shuttle Discovery mission specialist Steve Bowen works on the middeck of the orbiter as the crew prepares to dock with the International Space Station in this photo provided by NASA and taken February 24, 2011. REUTERS/NASA Handout

a895bb7b0dc4e870a1493a7b2aef160f Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures32. The space shuttle Discovery is pictured after it undocked from the International Space Station, in this photograph taken more than 200 miles above Earth and released on March 9, 2011. Astronauts on board Discovery closed the ship’s payload bay doors on Wednesday in preparation for a landing in Florida that will complete the 27-year flying career of the world’s most-traveled spaceship. REUTERS/NASA/Handout

9f57f63b98deb53ea4e972758308c7b8 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures33. The space shuttle Discovery lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, March 9, 2011. The space shuttle Discovery capped a successful 13-day spaceflight with a smooth landing in Florida on Wednesday, ending a 27-year flying career for NASA’s most-traveled spaceship as the agency prepares for an uncertain future.REUTERS/Joe Skipper

a57a2c2302cf28c222c0c89f461b0893 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures34. The space shuttle Discovery lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, March 9, 2011. The space shuttle Discovery capped a successful 13-day spaceflight with a smooth landing in Florida on Wednesday, ending a 27-year flying career for NASA’s most-traveled spaceship as the agency prepares for an uncertain future. REUTERS/Stan Honda/Pool The space shuttle Discovery taxis to a stop after landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, March 9, 2011. The space shuttle Discovery capped a successful 13-day spaceflight with a smooth landing in Florida on Wednesday, ending a 27-year flying career for NASA’s most-traveled spaceship as the agency prepares for an uncertain future. REUTERS/Gary Rothstein/Pool

4d61f3f17ae9a654e33096adcadc3bbc Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures35. The space shuttle Discovery taxis to a stop after landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, March 9, 2011. The space shuttle Discovery capped a successful 13-day spaceflight with a smooth landing in Florida on Wednesday, ending a 27-year flying career for NASA’s most-traveled spaceship as the agency prepares for an uncertain future. REUTERS/Gary Rothstein/Pool

5c902a942228062744f94c7629eae241 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures36. Mission commander Steve Lindsey and Pilot Eric Boe (obscured) sit at the controls of space shuttle Discovery as it taxis down the runway after landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida March 9, 2011. The space shuttle Discovery capped a successful 13-day spaceflight with a smooth landing in Florida on Wednesday, ending a 27-year flying career for NASA’s most-traveled spaceship as the agency prepares for an uncertain future. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

305a376934b97420b8a3578fe539eebc Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures37. The space shuttle Discovery taxis to a stop after landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, March 9, 2011. The space shuttle Discovery capped a successful 13-day spaceflight with a smooth landing in Florida on Wednesday, ending a 27-year flying career for NASA’s most-traveled spaceship as the agency prepares for an uncertain future. REUTERS/Gary Rothstein/Pool

6efb6e9f5ab0ae9d55500994907aa66a Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures38. The space shuttle Discovery sits on the runway after landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, March 9, 2011. REUTERS/Stan Honda/Pool

dfc970f6fd9c89e57a8820db392215ae Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures39. NASA Astronauts and STS-133 mission crew members, L-R: Mission Specialists Nicole Stott, Michael Barratt, Pilot Eric Boe, Commander Steve Lindsey, Mission Specialists Alvin Drew, and Steve Bowen pose for a photograph in front of the space shuttle Discovery after they landed at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, completing Discovery’s 39th and final flight on March 9, 2011. Since 1984, Discovery flew 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited Earth 5,830 times and traveled 148,221,675 miles. REUTERS/Bill Ingalls/NASA/Handout

8ed027cb80fe4369aa657673761dc102 Space Shuttle Discoverys Last Flight in Pictures40. The space shuttle Discovery is towed from the runway after it landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, March 9, 2011. Six astronauts completed a mission to the International Space Station, ending the 27-year flying career of the world’s most travelled spacecraft. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

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