WASHINGTON (CNN) -- It flew more missions than any other Space Shuttle and now the Discovery has finished its last iconic trip through the skies.
The country watched the final launch of the Discovery as NASA closed its last chapter of the shuttle's mission to space.
From last launch, to final flight Tuesday morning, the shuttle rode up the Ease Coast from Florida to Virginia piggyback through the skies on a 747.
Now its next mission is becoming the newest icon at the National Air and Space Museum at the Dulles International Airport.
Curator Valerie Neal says this museum is a perfect choice. She says, "It's so rich with history that it is especially appropriate that it's here in the Smithsonian."
The Discovery's rich history includes 39 missions, the most crew members of any other shuttle and if you combine all the time it's spent in space, it adds up to one year. One person says, "The amazing space program and how inspiring it is. And I just wanted them to experience a little of that while they still have a chance."