Discovery: A Look Back

As Discovery makes it journey to the Smithsonian, we're taking a look back at NASA's oldest shuttle.

Discovery Shuttle

Discovery Shuttle

Discovery flies atop the back of a modified Boeing 747 on Tuesday morning as it heads to its final home at the Smithsonian in D.C.
Discovery Shuttle

Discovery Shuttle

Discovery flies over NASA's vehicle assembly building in Cape Canaveral during its final flight.
Discovery Shuttle

Discovery Shuttle

Spectators flocked to the beaches along the Space Coast to catch one final look at NASA's oldest shuttle.
Discovery Shuttle

Discovery Shuttle

Discovery awaits its first launch in 1984.
Discovery Shuttle

Discovery Shuttle

Discovery takes off for its first mission, STS 41-D, in which it launched three commercial satellites into space.
Discovery Shuttle

Discovery Shuttle

Spectators watch Discovery lift off for the first of what would eventually tally 39 missions.
Discovery Shuttle

Discovery Shuttle

The Hubble space telescope is seen in the payload bay in 1990 during Discovery's deployment it into space.
Discovery Shuttle

Discovery Shuttle

NASA readies Discovery for a "return to flight" launch after the Columbia disaster.
Discovery Shuttle

Discovery Shuttle

Discovery lifts off for a trip to the International Space Station on July 4, 2006.
Discovery Shuttle

Discovery Shuttle

Discovery is rolled out for a trip to the Vehicle Assembly Building in anticipation of its December 2006 launch to the International Space Station.
Discovery Shuttle

Discovery Shuttle

Discovery approaches the International Space Station in October 2007.
Discovery Shuttle

Discovery Shuttle

Discovery sits on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in the early morning hours of March 11, 2009.
Discovery Shuttle

Discovery Shuttle

Discovery lifts off during a night launch for its 36th flight, in which it ventured to the International Space Station.
Discovery Shuttle

Discovery Shuttle

Discovery lands at Edwards Air Force Base in 2009 for the last shuttle landing at the California site.
Discovery Shuttle

Discovery Shuttle

A time-lapse photo captures Discovery's path as it enters into orbit in April 2010.