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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, preparing the craft for a textbook landing at the Kennedy Space Centre, in Florida.

Having flown 39 missions over nearly 27 years, Discovery will be retired and will eventually go on display at the Smithsonian Institute

  • 09 Mar 2011
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