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Space shuttle Discovery’s last mission

Space shuttle Discovery, the world’s most traveled spaceship,  is expected to land at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at around 11:57 a.m. Eastern Time Wednesday, returning to Earth from its last mission. The weather should not be a problem according to NASA.

It has made 39 missions and traveled 148,221,665 miles orbiting the earth 5,830 times and since its first flight in 1984, it has gone through 39 sets of landing-gear tires. It is NASA’s oldest shuttle with over 27 years.

After its sister ships, Challenger and Columbia, were lost, Discovery flew both return-to-flight missions. Discovery  launched the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit, it assembled the first components of the International Space Station, Discovery also carried John Glenn, one of America’s first space pioneers, on his memorable return to space in 1998 and it has flown more times than any other spaceship in history.