SPACE… THE FINAL RE­TREAT

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THE cur­tain fell on Amer­ica’s ad­ven­ture in the stars as one of the Nasa Space Shut­tles made its final voy­age...to a mu­seum.

The coun­try that sent a man to the Moon has re­treated from the Final Fron­tier and will now rely on for­mer foes such as Rus­sia and China to ferry men and gad­gets into or­bit.

The Shut­tle Dis­cov­ery made a dra­matic fly­past over the U.S cap­i­tal Washington DC on the way, piggy-back­ing on a mod­i­fied Boe­ing 747, fly­ing at just 1,500ft.

Af­ter cir­cling the Washington Mon­u­ment, the shut­tle landed at nearby Dulles Air­port.

It will be towed to the Smith­so­nian Air and Space Mu­seum, where it will be on per­ma­nent dis­play.

Dur­ing the fly­past, on­look­ers lined the roofs of build­ings to catch a glimpse of the shut­tle.

Ear­lier, crowds of on­look­ers gath­ered along the Florida shore­line as dawn broke to see Dis­cov­ery take off from Kennedy Space Cen­ter.

The shut­tle pro­gramme ended in 2011.

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