In the news - Discovery flies home

Nasa’s oldest space shuttle made its final voyage yesterday after 27 years of service and 149 million miles of space travel.

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Discovery flies home


Nasa's oldest space shuttle made its final voyage yesterday after 27 years of service and 149 million miles of space travel. Discovery, which spent the cumulative total of a year in space before its final touchdown in March 2011, was secured to a modified Boeing 747 as it was transported to Washington DC from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The orbiter will now be displayed at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.




Related resources


30 years of the space shuttle

  • Travel back in time with this nostalgic look at the space shuttle programme from 1981-2011.

Discovery's heritage

  • Explore the history of space exploration with this handy timeline from Sputnik to space tourism.

Picture space

  • See what the astronauts see with this beautiful image from Encyclopaedia Britannica – great for stimulating discussion about planets, stars and the solar system.

Intergalactic tourism

  • Help your students to design a tourist brochure advertising the major sites in outer space.

Man or machine

  • What should we send into space? Do humans belong out there? Start debating ethical and philosophical issues with this ideas pack.

Further news resources


First News front page

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Write all about it

  • Get students creating their own news report with this step-by-step guide

What is the News?

  • A sociological and media perspective on what makes an event 'newsworthy'.

On the box

  • Help pupils to write their own TV news broadcast with this handy PowerPoint.

Structuring stories

  • A scheme of work to help students structure news stories.

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