Enduring the heat of re-entry one last time, the shuttle Discovery dropped out of orbit and returned to Earth Wednesday to wrap up a near-flawless 39th and final mission, a milestone marking the beginning of the end for NASA's winged rocketships. Read more at Spaceflight Now.

 

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To hear what Society president, Kevin Shortt, had to say about this historic mission, check out the video with this article.

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