After 148 million miles, Discovery comes home to stay

9 Mar

The world’s most-flown spaceship lands in Florida today after finishing its final voyage. Discovery’s next mission is to retire and be placed in a museum.

Discovery had 39 missions, 148 million miles, 5,830 orbits of Earth and 365 days in space in under 27 years. On the spaceships last voyage, Lindsey and his crew-members bragged about Discovery’s performance. The day before the landing co-pilot Eric Boe referred to it as “a dream machine.” NASA has decided on displaying Discovery in the Smithsonian Institution.

“Discovery is an amazing spacecraft and she has served her country well,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, a former shuttle commander that held the welcome home gathering.

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