Discovery completes its final flight

If you've been following the plight of the space shuttle discovery since it landed after its final mission, you know that Discovery is destined for the National Air and Space Museum. Earlier this week, NASA was loading Discovery on the back of its 747 transport aircraft for its final flight. That loading had to be postponed for a day due to high winds.

NASA eventually got the shuttle loaded onto the back of the 747. The jumbo jet took off with the space shuttle aboard for the last time Discovery will ever fly. Crowds of people gathered around the National Mall and watched Discovery on its final flight.

Discovery is being officially welcomed Thursday at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. Interestingly, Discovery will be nose to nose with the test shuttle Enterprise that will be heading to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City for a shot time in Virginia. Discovery is the first of the three space shuttles being retired with Atlantis heading to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Endeavour going to the California Science Center.

[via USA Today]