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Shuttle discovery rolled down the runway toward retirement today.
-- gear touchdown.
The -- of the shuttle being rotated down toward the flight deck.
-- the -- -- being deployed.
And nose gear touchdown in the end of a historic journey.
And to the ship that has let the wait time and time again we say farewell discovery.
Discovery of the first of NASA's remaining shuttles to officially retire altogether discovery has spent 365.
Days in orbit.
It's circle the planet nearly 6000 times and it all began with that first mission on August 30 1984.
Here's Shepard Smith.
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Discovery was the third shuttle in NASA's fleet he joined Columbia and challenger and but discovery outlived both -- challenger and an explosion tore through challenger just seconds after take off in 1986.
Seventeen years later Columbia broke apart on reentry over Texas.
After each disaster discovery has the first shuttle to return to space on American -- -- -- every -- power.
The first to carry the hopes of a wounded nation back toward the heavens.
Discovery marked other milestones along the way.
-- carried the first woman to command a shuttle mission the first African American space walker in the first sitting member of congress to fly in space.
One mission perhaps more special than most in less than one minute away now from.
The historic return of John Glenn to space at age 77 Glenn was the oldest man ever to fly in space nearly twice the age of the average astronaut -- Just gone by -- that is absolutely gorgeous.
The best voted -- good trite old statement zero G and I feel fine.
Discovery took off on a mission that would change so much of what we know about our place in the galaxy.
On the -- Over the next two decades horrible sit back incredible images of stars born in cosmic clouds.
And of a galaxy with the mass of 800 billion suns.
Discovery was the last shuttle to visit Russia's Mir outpost and it's made thirteen trips to help build and maintain the space station.
This is mission control Houston docking confirmed -- -- shuttle discovery to International Space Station.
-- Space shuttle discovery -- ranking.
-- -- -- -- Back in 2007.
Discovery's astronauts brought up the school bus sized compartment called harmony I -- -- -- but they're safe for -- out in the correct position.
And of course this last scheduled mission to bring up -- high tech storage closet getting an excellent view there this 28000 pounds.
Permanent multi purpose -- And the first humanoid robot in space are too.
The next generation of space traveler.
By the grandfather of well discovery is now slated to -- to -- the Smithsonian museum in Washington but NASA crews first have to remove the shuttle's engines.
Clean out any hazardous substances the space agency reports that process could take several months.
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