Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

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Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

Discovery, the oldest space shuttle in service, will embark on it's final journey on February 24, 2011. (Photo: NASA)

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Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

Discovery took first flight on August 30, 1984 from the Kennedy space center. (Photo: NASA)

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Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

It carried US Congress member Jake Garn on its fourth journey. He became the first sitting US Congress member in space.

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Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

In 1988 it became the first space shuttle to return to space after the “Challenger” disaster, where all seven crew members died. (Photo: NASA)

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Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

On April 24, 1990, Discovery launched the “Hubble Telescope” along with space shuttle Colombia. It was the first time two shuttles were launched together since the “Challenger” tragedy.

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Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

Discovery hosted Sergei Kirkalev, who became the first Russian cosmonaut the fly aboard a space shuttle.

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Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

October 11, 2000 mission of Discovery marked the hundredth mission of all space shuttles ever launched. (Photo: NASA)

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Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

Discovery hosted Senator John Glenn, who became the oldest man in space at the age of 77. (Photo: NASA)

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Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton tracking the plume and successful launch of space shuttle Discovery. (Photo: NASA)

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Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

It was the first space shuttle to return to active duty after the “Colombia” incident on July 26, 2005. (Photo: NASA)

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Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

A fish-eye view of Discovery's cockpit. (Photo: NASA)

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Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

Discovery lands on runway 15 of the shuttle landing facility at the Kennedy space center. (Photo: NASA)

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Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

Space shuttle Discovery to wave last goodbye

On April 20, 2010, Discovery embarked on the longest ever mission for a space shuttle. The shuttle was docked at the international space station for eleven days. (Photo: NASA)

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