Space shuttle takes last flight atop Boeing 747

The space shuttle Discovery took its final flight Tuesday, mounted atop a Boeing 747 carrier aircraft. See a gallery of photos from the flight here.

Discovery flew from Kennedy Space Center to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar/Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia.

The oldest surviving shuttle, Discovery holds the all-time record with 39 missions, 148 million miles, 5,830 orbits of Earth, and 365 days spent in space. All that was achieved in under 27 years.

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