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US space shuttle Discovery makes last descent to Earth

The US space shuttle Discovery has made its last ever descent to Earth.

The six astronauts fired the braking rockets late on Wednesday morning, putting the shuttle on track for a Florida touchdown at 1657GMT.

Having flown 39 missions over nearly 27 years, Discovery will be retired once it is back at Kennedy Space Center and will eventually go on display at the Smithsonian Institution.

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