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Discovery embarks on historic final flight

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Discovery embarks on historic final flight

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The space shuttle, Discovery, has blasted off from the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral in Florida for the last time.

The oldest of Nasa’s three surviving shuttles is taking six astronauts and supplies to the International Space Station.

Discovery is regarded as the “flagship” of the fleet. First launched in 1984, it has completed 38 voyages and travelled around 230 million kilometres in the process.

Discovery was entrusted with the “return-to-flight” missions after the Challenger and Columbia accidents.

Discovery’s sister-shuttle Endeavour is expected to make its historic final flight in April and Atlantis should go no later than June.