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2011: Discovery first in fleet to retire

Discovery, the workhorse of the shuttle fleet, retired after 27 years, 39 flights and more than a year in space, in early 2011.

During her career, she relaunched the shuttle programme after the Challenger and Columbia disasters, took a 77-year-old John Glenn into space and deployed the Hubble Space Telescope.

  • 01 Jul 2011