I just love how these shuttles get around. Pictured above is space shuttle Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASA’s fleet. The shuttle traveled 148,221,675 miles, spent a total of 1 year in space, and completed 29 missions, according to NASA.
It was part of the NASA’s 30-year space shuttle program, which concluded in July 2001. According to NASA:
Starting with Columbia and continuing with Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour, the spacecraft has carried people into orbit repeatedly, launched, recovered and repaired satellites, conducted cutting-edge research and built the largest structure in space, the International Space Station. The final space shuttle mission, STS-135, ended July 21, 2011 when Atlantis rolled to a stop at its home port, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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