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The Most Extreme Human Spaceflight Records

On April 12, 1961, humanity became a spacefaring species when cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin blasted into orbit on a 108-minute flight high above Earth. Full story

Space Shuttle Discovery to Undergo 'Autopsy' Before Shipping to Smithsonian

After landing back on Earth for a final time last week, space shuttle Discovery is all but officially destined for the Smithsonian. But before Discovery can be turned over to the Washington institution, the shuttle will undergo an autopsy of sorts, providing NASA engineers one last chance to learn w Full story

Shuttle Discovery's Space Finale a Bittersweet End, Astronauts Say

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – As the space shuttle Discovery glided toward its final landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the astronauts and ground teams were focused on one thing: bringing the storied space plane down safely to end a successful mission. Full story

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Shuttle Discovery comes home for good

Shuttle Endeavour Set for Last Launch Pad Trip as Discovery Returns Home

Space Shuttle Discovery's Next Destination: A Noble Retirement in a Museum

Discovery Shuttle's First Pilot Remembers Rocky Start

Astronauts hail Discovery on eve of last landing

William Shatner Wakes Shuttle Astronauts with 'Star Trek' Tune

Shuttle Discovery Undocks From Space Station for Final Time

Space Music for the Final Frontier: Astronaut Wakeup Tunes and Other Space-Inspired Songs

Station astronauts bid farewell to Discovery

Space robot put on fast track after clamor

Video

  Discovery highlighted in stunning images of the sun

An amateur astronomer captures new images of the sun’s surface along with an historic moment for the space shuttle Discovery. Alan Friedman talks with TODAY.com’s Dara Brown about his breath-taking photos.

  Discovery's final journey home

Space shuttle Discovery touches down after final mission to orbit. NBC's Jeff Patterson reports.

  Discovery makes final landing

The space shuttle Discovery made its final landing on Wednesday after 26 years of space service. NBC's Jay Barbree reports.

  'Star Trek' captain pays tribute to Discovery

"Trek" actor William Shatner rouses astronauts for the shuttle Discovery's final departure from the International Space Station.

  Astronauts discuss Discovery's final mission

Msnbc's Richard Lui talks with astronauts aboard Discovery to talk about the space shuttle's finaly mission.

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Space Shuttle Discovery flies past the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington
Space Shuttle Discovery flies past the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington

Space Shuttle Discovery flies past the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington April 17, 2012. The space shuttle Discovery took off on its final voyage on Tuesday, on a piggyback jet ride to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Virginia annex.

People look up from the rooftop of RFK Stadium in Washington to see the Space Shuttle Discovery fly past
People look up from the rooftop of RFK Stadium in Washington to see the Space Shuttle Discovery fly past

People look up from the rooftop of RFK Stadium in Washington to see the Space Shuttle Discovery fly past April 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORT)

Silhouetted by the sun, the space shuttle Discovery can be seen docked to the International Space Station during its final mission.link to http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/03/09/6228167-stunning-views-of-the-sun-and-discovery

Space shuttle Discovery is backdropped by Earth's horizon and the blackness of space while docked with the ISS