The Best Shots of the Space Shuttle's Amazing Goodbye Flight You'll See

By Sam Biddle on at

The Space Shuttle Discovery just made its last flight ever atop a 747, where it'll be laid to rest at the Smithsonian for the public to appreciate. We won't see something like this again for a long, long time.

Not bad for a little taxpayer bread and circus action, right? Photographer (and my pal) Nicko Margolies snapped this view from the WWII Memorial on the National Mall in Washington DC, where he says onlookers gawked and clapped politely (as they tend to in DC) as the plane circled overhead. CNN confirms the duo arrived safely at Virginia's Dulles Airport, concluding the most exciting 15 minutes in Washingtonian history.

Meanwhile, NASA captured the whole thing with none-other than Instagram.

Image credit: Rebecca Roth and NASA Goddard