ABOVE: Discovery lands at the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, just before 5am NZ time this morning (video courtesy Nasa).
The world's most-flown space ship, the Space Shuttle Discovery touched down for the final time.
Discovery is the first of three remaining Nasa shuttles to be decommissioned.
Two shuttles remain, Endeavour and Atlantis. Each has a single further flight scheduled. Endeavour is set to blast off on its final mission Friday NZ time.
Space Shuttle Challenger blew up during a 1986 take off, taking the lives of all seven crew; Columbia disintegrated during reentry in 2003, again at the cost of seven lives.
Discovery flew 39 missions over 27 years, logging 237 million kilometres over a total of 365 days in space.
Once all three shuttles are decommissioned, US astronauts will be transported to the International Space Station on Russian Soyuz capsules, until private companies are able to take over the role (watch this space for a New Zealand organisation's role in that transition; NBR does not mean Rocket Lab, covered in the links below - but let's hope the Parnell boys do well to).
BELOW: More clips from Discovery's final mission. From top: go for final burn; highlights Day 12; ascent highlights.
This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags
- Joyce associates openly talking about leadership change
- Pulse Energy investors get mixed messages on board's takeover view
- Kelsey’s bid to put rocket under Groser fails
- Scentre Group to sell three Westfield malls to NZ firms for $549m
- Court protection sought for latecomers to James Hardie leaky homes class action
Most listened to
- Tim Hunter on why Veritas is doing it the hard way
- Matthew Hooton on whether Steven Joyce will be the next national leader
- Rodney Hide on why all city planners should be fired
- Rob Hosking breaks down the political and economic week that was
- "A tragedy" - David Farrar on his disappointment with Simon Bridges
- New F&P product pipeline exciting, says Macquarie senior investment adviser Brad Gordon
- Taupo Motorsport Park executive director Tony Walker on the park's rebranding
- NZIER senior economist Christina Leung on why she does not think the OCR will hit 2%
- NBR's Cameron Officer talks about the NBR Car of the Year 2015
- John Barnett on Brewer: ‘Boy, has he got a bit to learn’
- Tech commentator Paul Brislen discusses the Concept Envirochip ad
- Jason Walls breaks down the week's biggest news in macroeconomics