(Image source: NASA)

 

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN

ANCHOR JIM FLINK

 

The most-flown spacecraft in history left the ground one final time Tuesday morning.

 

The shuttle Discovery lifted off on the back of a modified 747 on its way to Washington, D.C. CBS outlines the shuttles incredible career. (Video source: NASA TV)

 

“It’s been 27 years of spectacular discoveries and nearly 143 million miles, carrying more crew members into space than any other shuttle. Now, Discovery will remain grounded at the Smithsonian.”

 

A crowd gathered to watch the launch, including Steve Lindsey, who piloted the shuttle on its last mission. He told Fox News it was an emotional morning.

 

“Seeing that going away kind of, for me, represented the end of the program and knowing that this great team of folks across the country that has worked on this vehicle for so many years was coming to an end and I’d probably never see anything like it again.”

 

Discovery made a south turn after takeoff to fly over its old launch pad before heading up the coast. One observer told a writer for Discovery News the occasion felt like a funeral as the crowd watched the shuttle head to the museum.

 

“It's a place of honor, to be sure, but Discovery's departure underscores the fact that there is nothing launching from Kennedy Space Center these days.”

 

The shuttle mission officially came to an end last July, as NASA began to hand over low-earth orbit missions to the private sector. A CNN correspondent says when a program as large as the shuttle ends, the work force really feels it.

 

“So many people have lost their jobs with the end of the space shuttle program. So many people wish the shuttles were still flying and so many people say they could have been still flying if not for politics.”

 

Crowds also gathered in DC to watch the shuttle fly into town. It passed over the Washington Monument, the White House, and the Capital on its way to Dulles International Airport, where it will be put on display.

Space Shuttle Discovery Takes Off Into Retirement

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Apr 17, 2012

Space Shuttle Discovery Takes Off Into Retirement

(Image source: NASA)

 

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN

ANCHOR JIM FLINK

 

The most-flown spacecraft in history left the ground one final time Tuesday morning.

 

The shuttle Discovery lifted off on the back of a modified 747 on its way to Washington, D.C. CBS outlines the shuttles incredible career. (Video source: NASA TV)

 

“It’s been 27 years of spectacular discoveries and nearly 143 million miles, carrying more crew members into space than any other shuttle. Now, Discovery will remain grounded at the Smithsonian.”

 

A crowd gathered to watch the launch, including Steve Lindsey, who piloted the shuttle on its last mission. He told Fox News it was an emotional morning.

 

“Seeing that going away kind of, for me, represented the end of the program and knowing that this great team of folks across the country that has worked on this vehicle for so many years was coming to an end and I’d probably never see anything like it again.”

 

Discovery made a south turn after takeoff to fly over its old launch pad before heading up the coast. One observer told a writer for Discovery News the occasion felt like a funeral as the crowd watched the shuttle head to the museum.

 

“It's a place of honor, to be sure, but Discovery's departure underscores the fact that there is nothing launching from Kennedy Space Center these days.”

 

The shuttle mission officially came to an end last July, as NASA began to hand over low-earth orbit missions to the private sector. A CNN correspondent says when a program as large as the shuttle ends, the work force really feels it.

 

“So many people have lost their jobs with the end of the space shuttle program. So many people wish the shuttles were still flying and so many people say they could have been still flying if not for politics.”

 

Crowds also gathered in DC to watch the shuttle fly into town. It passed over the Washington Monument, the White House, and the Capital on its way to Dulles International Airport, where it will be put on display.

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