Discovery: On the Anniversary of Retirement

One year ago, on April 17, 2012, the space shuttle Discovery left Kennedy Space Center for the last time. The orbiter was mated to the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and installed at the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Ait and Space Museum.

Our series following Discovery on its last mission is Countdown to the Cape.” 

At Udvar-Hazy on installation day, we spoke with Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, about the new acquisition:

Lofty Ambitions maintains a Flickr photostream, so we share here some photos of Discovery‘s retirement, which are among our most popular photos there.

Anna helps NASA mate Discovery to SCA.


Discovery’s Last Crew with Discovery Retired


Discovery’s Final Taxi at Kennedy Space Center


Discovery’s Final Takeoff


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