End of an era: Space Shuttle Discovery waits on launch pad ahead of its final mission | Mail Online
There are only a couple of shuttle launches left, I recommend that you get down to see one if you haven’t already.
In Discovery’s 38 flights it has completed completed 5,247 orbits, and has spent 322 days in orbit, It has also flown more flights than any of the other shuttles, including four in 1985.
It was also the shuttle which was the first to fly after the 1986 Challenger disaster and 2003 Columbia disaster.
The future of manned spaceflight is uncertain because of disagreement in Washington over where future missions should fly.