The Space Shuttle Discovery was rolled out from its Palmdale, California factory thirty years ago this month.
Retired after 39 missions, 365 days in space and travelled almost 150 million miles, she was one of six shuttles built.
Of the six, one (the Enterprise on the USS Intrepid in New York) was a prototype that never flew in space,
two (Columbia and Challenger) were lost in accidents and
the rest, including Discovery were permanently retired two years ago and currently reside in museums across the USA.
The Space Shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
Credit: NASA/ Jim Grossmann
Of all the shuttles, Discovery was the most travelled of the six.
NASA’s “fun facts about the space shuttle orbiter” shows the total mileage logged by each spacecraft–Challenger (green), Atlantis (orange), Endeavour (red), Columbia (blue), and Discovery (purple). (Credit: NASA)
That doesn’t mean that the others were goofing off, the amount of miles flown by these amazing craft is pretty spectacular.
All I know is on my next day off, I’m headed to the Los Angeles shuttle exhibit at the California Science Center. If you are near one of the location or are planning a trip nearby, I highly recommend going to see a major piece of history.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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