Shuttle Discovery's Final Flight

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Wed, Feb 23rd, 2011 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to International Business Times, Nasa is preparing the space shuttle Discovery for its final launch into space after serving as the space agency's workhorse for 27 years.

To say Discovery has earned its retirement is an understatement. Assembly for the Discovery Shuttle finished in 1983 and the next year it flew into space for the first time.

Since its creation, it has flown to orbit more than any other craft. It has had 180 astronauts fly aboard, taken 38 trips and spent 352 days in orbit, almost a full year. In has taken more than 5,600 trips around the Earth.

The Shuttle will be replaced by the Orion CEV (Crew Exploration Vehicle). You can watch Nasa's live coverage of the Shuttle launch here.

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