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Shuttle Discovery ends stellar space career

Posted: March 9, 2011

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Gliding back to Earth after nearly two weeks in space, the shuttle Discovery touched down on Runway 15 at the Kennedy Space Center at 11:57 a.m. EST (1657 GMT). Discovery wrapped up its 39th and final mission into space, ending an illustrious career as the most-traveled member of America's space shuttle fleet.

Discovery's six-person crew left a new module at the International Space Station and resupplied the complex for life after the shuttle's retirement.

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