Space Shuttle Discovery Launch; Final Mission for NASA Orbiter (VIDEO)

Space Shuttle Discovery Launch; Final Mission for NASA Orbiter (VIDEO)

Space Shuttle Discovery Launch; Final Mission for NASA Orbiter (VIDEO)

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Space Shuttle Discovery Launch; Final Mission for NASA Orbiter (VIDEO)


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The space shuttle

Discovery

has launched into space for the last time.

Discovery’s
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39th and final mission will bring a much-needed cargo storage unit to the international space station.

Discovery

has earned distinction over the years for visiting the Hubble telescope and the Russian space station Mir and for taking famed astronaut John Glenn back into orbit at age 77.

Discovery
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was also the first shuttle to fly after the

Challenger

and

Columbia

shuttle disasters. Assuming the mission schedule holds, when

Discovery

returns to earth on March 7, it will have logged just shy of 363 days in flight.