The space shuttle Discovery(C) departs the International Space Station on March 7, 2011.
The space shuttle Discovery(C) departs the International Space Station on March 7, 2011. NASA/AFP/Getty Images
The Discovery is scheduled to touch down in Florida today at 11:57 AM Eastern time and Mission Control says Florida's 'weather looks great' for the return.
Discovery has been in space for 13 days on its final mission. The Orlando Sentinel traces the history of NASA's oldest shuttle and its future: Discovery is expected to retire to a museum, according to Space.com.
This morning, the Discovery crew got the first ever live wakeup call: Big Head Todd and the Monsters sang 'Blue Sky', the winning song chosen in NASA's contest marking the end of the shuttle program. Lead singer Todd Park Mohr greeted shuttle commander Steven Lindsey who asked, 'Was that live?' after Mohr's performance in Mission Control, Houston.
Oh - got a pair of 3D glasses handy? It's teeny, but it's Discovery on the launch pad in 3D.