Final flight for Shuttle Discovery

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Shuttle Discovery, the nation's longest flying spacecraft made its final flight on Tuesday during a spectacular sighting seeing tour around some of the Washington D.C. landmarks.

The spacecraft took off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and circled the capital before making its final stop in Virginia where it will be put on display at the Smithsonian.

According to Fox News, Shuttle Discovery made a total of 27 trips into space and is NASAs most traveled spacecraft.

"The Discovery was in great shape when she landed," former Discovery astronaut Michael Barrett said in a report with ABC News. "This is the way you want to end a program."

ABC News reported when the shuttle arrives at the Smithsonian on Thursday, cranes will be used to lift the shuttle off the plane in an extremely "delicate" process.

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