Space Shuttle Discovery is home safe

Buried in the news today was the fact the space shuttle Discovery made it back to Earth safely.

CNN plonked it at the end of the “general” news column, but AlJazeera (as always) did a better job on covering the landing.

From the AlJazeera page….

“Houston, Discovery. For the final time, wheels stop,” Lindsey radioed to Mission Control in Houston, as the shuttle stood still on the runway.

The space shuttle Discovery is now “headed to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, where it will be put on display.”

There’s nothing set up to replace the shuttle, and with the way things are going in the US, I don’t think I will see the shuttle’s successor in my lifetime.

It’s the end of an era and nobody really noticed.

Congratulations to NASA and every shuttle crew for an outstanding 30 year mission. I’ll honestly miss you guys.