SPACE… THE FINAL RETREAT
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.