As we wait for the final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery, which was recently rescheduled for November 30th, we will take you back in time to August of 2005. After the Columbia disaster, high above Texas in 2003, the shuttle fleet was grounded as NASA engineers tried to assess the cause of the fatal accident. Two and a half years later, in July of 2005, it was time to fly again. STS-114 was the return to flight mission for the shuttle fleet, and Discovery was the shuttle chosen for this monumental occasion. Discovery lifted off on July 26th from Kennedy Space Center, and after a 2 week mission, landed safely back home at Edwards Air Force Base in California, due to bad weather on Florida’s east coast. On the morning of August 20th Discovery, sitting proudly atop its ride home, made it back to Florida, and on November 30, 2010 will fly for the last time. The picture below is from that day in August 2005. Hope you enjoy!!3791a - Copy