Government IT: Discovery Landing Ends Storied Chapter in NASA History
With its drag chute unfurled, space shuttle Discovery rolls down Runway 15 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
Entering Orbiter Processing
Discovery enters Orbiter Processing Facility-2 during a move called "towback." The shuttle landed safely on March 9 just before noon.
Pulling to a Stop
The shuttles towback vehicle slowly pulls the spacecraft into Orbiter Processing Facility-2.
Flanked by Followers
A purge unit that pumps conditioned air into a shuttle after landing is connected to Discovery's aft end and additional landing convoy vehicles follow closely behind.
Waiting to Exhale
Inside Discovery, the STS-133 crewmembers prepare to exit the spacecraft after landing safely on the shuttles last mission.
Ready to Exit
The crew transport vehicle pulls up to Discovery on the Shuttle Landing Facility's Runway 15.
Discovery appears to be a mirage as it coasts down the runway at Kennedy Space Center in Florida after landing just before noon.
Inspecting the Underside
Bob Cabana, director of the Kennedy Space Center, checks out the underside of Discovery following its final return from space.
The STS-133 crew poses for a photo in front of the space shuttle after landing.
Leading Them On
NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden escorts the STS-133 crew to media representatives waiting on the Shuttle Landing Facility.