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Friday, December 16, 2011

Space shuttle Discovery's two payload bay doors are about to be closed for the final time, on December 16, 2011.
NASA / Kim Shiflett

DISCOVERY DEACTIVATED... Earlier today, the two payload bay doors of the orbiter Discovery were closed for the last time at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Shortly thereafter, the vehicle was permanently powered down; with Discovery going from being a reusable space plane with almost 28 years of service to becoming a museum piece waiting to be transported to her final home in Virginia. Discovery will be rolled over from Orbiter Processing Facility-1, her present location, to the Vehicle Assembly Building at KSC next month—where she will be placed in storage before finally being flown over to the Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia on April 12, 2012...31 years after Columbia launched on the first space shuttle flight, STS-1.

Space shuttle Discovery’s two payload bay doors are closed for the final time, on December 16, 2011.
NASA / Kim Shiflet

A sign inside Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF)-1 indicates that electricity is flowing through space shuttle Discovery, on December 16, 2011.
NASA / Jim Grossmann

The sign inside OPF-1 now indicates that all power inside space shuttle Discovery has been turned off for the last time, on December 16, 2011.
NASA / Jim Grossmann

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