I watched Discovery blast off from Cape Canaveral this afternoon with beating heart and more than a tingle of pride in country. I felt a twinge of sadness, too, as the FNC guys wouldn't let the audience forget this is Discovery's last mission and the penultimate mission for the Space Shuttle program as a whole. Discovery has led a remarkable life, as evidenced by this article at FNC's we site. Excerpts:
143 million: The number of miles Discovery has traveled so far, with one flight remaining. This is a distance record unmatched among NASA's space shuttle fleet. The miles traveled by Discovery could have carried it to the moon and back 288 times, or on 1 1/2 trips to the sun.