NASA's oldest space shuttle closes a chapter with today's landing, having spent a total of 365 days in space.
- Space Shuttle Discovery landed after a 13-day mission to the space station.
- This was Discovery's final mission and now the spacecraft will be retired as a museum piece.
- During its 27-year career, the aging space shuttle logged almost 149 million miles.
The oldest and most traveled space shuttle, Discovery, glided back to Earth on Wednesday after its final space flight before ending its days as a museum piece to delight the crowds.
NASA's oldest shuttle touched down on a mostly clear day at noon at its home base in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
"To the ship that has led the way time and time again, we say, 'Farewell Discovery,'" radioed the Mission Control commentator.
The aging space shuttle has flown more than any other in the fleet during its 27-year career, and NASA heaped praise on its swan song, toting a crew of six American astronauts on a 13-day mission to the orbiting research lab.