History in the making: The last launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery (video)

Hundreds of thousands of people flocked to the area around the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, last week, to witness the final lift-off of the Space Shuttle Discovery. Here's The Associated Press's video of the event from the ground:



Ever wonder what a shuttle launch looked like from the air? This breathtaking bird's-eye view of the lift-off for mission STS-133 was shot by "NeilMonday," a passenger on an airplane flying near Orlando that day. Keep your eye on the small white spot in the center of the screen (we assume it was safe to turn on approved electronics by that point!):


Discovery is the most-flown shuttle in history, having traveled 143 million miles in 39 missions since it's first launch in 1984. This final trip is to the International Space Station, to deliver supplies, spare parts, and a robotic assistant named Robonaut 2. The entire Space Shuttle program is scheduled for closure this year.

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