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Shuttle Makes Final Trip to Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Space shuttle Discovery is about to wrap up its flying career. The world's most-traveled spaceship is due to return to Earth on Wednesday. Landing time is a few minutes before noon. Good weather is forecast at NASA's Florida spaceport.

Discovery and its six astronauts are headed back from the International Space Station. The crew delivered and installed a new storage compartment, complete with a humanoid robot. NASA's oldest shuttle has flown 39 missions over nearly 27 years. It's being retired after this voyage.

Discovery will be decommissioned and sent to the Smithsonian Institution for display. Shuttle Endeavour and then Atlantis will fly once more each in the next few months, then will also be retired.

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