Space Shuttle Discovery ( Orbiter Vehicle Designation : OV-103 ) is one of the orbiters from NASA 's Space Shuttle program and the third of five fully operational orbiters to be built. [4] Its first mission, STS-41-D , flew from August 30 to September 5, 1984. Over 27 years of service it launched and landed 39 times, gathering more spaceflights than any other spacecraft to date. [5]

Discovery became the third operational orbiter to enter service, preceded by Columbia and Challenger . [6] It embarked on its last mission, STS-133 , on February 24, 2011 and touched down for the final time at Kennedy Space Center on March 9, [7] having spent a cumulative total of almost a full year in space. Discovery performed both research and International Space Station (ISS) assembly missions. It also carried the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit. Discovery was the first operational shuttle to be retired, followed by Endeavour and then Atlantis .

The name Discovery was chosen to carry on a tradition based on ships of exploration, [4] primarily HMS Discovery , [8] one of the ships commanded by Captain James Cook during his third and final major voyage from 1776 to 1779, and Henry Hudson 's Discovery , [4] which was used in 1610–1611 to explore Hudson Bay and search for a Northwest Passage . Other ships bearing the name have included the HMS Discovery [9] of the 1875–1876 British Arctic Expedition to the North Pole and RRS Discovery , which led the 1901–1904 " Discovery Expedition " to Antarctica . [10]

After three decades the shuttle era has ended. With the 135th and final mission touching down on 21 July 2011, we chart some of the highs and lows of its many journeys into space.

The space shuttle was conceived as a concept long before man had even stepped on to the Moon. Its development seemed to many the stuff of science fiction made real. The test orbiter, Enterprise, even had a name taken from the Star Trek TV series.

When Columbia made the inaugural launch, she was manned by astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen. Even today that seems daring - that they should climb aboard a vehicle that had not first been sent on an unmanned test mission.

Shown is an artist's rendering of Boeing's Starliner capsule, which is being developed to take astronauts and cargo to the International Space Station.   (Photo: Boeing)

At its Hawthorne, California, headquarters in June 2014, SpaceX unveiled a mockup of its Crew Dragon capsule designed to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station.   (Photo: NASA)

In this March 22, 2017, file photo, Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala. is interviewed on Capitol Hill.   (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP)

There's something fishy going on with Wednesday's scheduled blastoff of the space shuttle Endeavour, but it's got nothing to do with technical glitches or complicating weather patterns.

Smoked salmon made by a Salt Spring Island business will be on board the shuttle when it takes off for the International Space Station.

The salmon is a favourite of B.C.-born astronaut Bob Thirsk, who is spending six months at the station, after blasting off last month on a Russian Soyuz rocket.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It may not be heading back into space and its crew members aren't astronauts, but space shuttle Discovery's final flight has its own mission patch.

Space Shuttle Discovery ( Orbiter Vehicle Designation : OV-103 ) is one of the orbiters from NASA 's Space Shuttle program and the third of five fully operational orbiters to be built. [4] Its first mission, STS-41-D , flew from August 30 to September 5, 1984. Over 27 years of service it launched and landed 39 times, gathering more spaceflights than any other spacecraft to date. [5]

Discovery became the third operational orbiter to enter service, preceded by Columbia and Challenger . [6] It embarked on its last mission, STS-133 , on February 24, 2011 and touched down for the final time at Kennedy Space Center on March 9, [7] having spent a cumulative total of almost a full year in space. Discovery performed both research and International Space Station (ISS) assembly missions. It also carried the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit. Discovery was the first operational shuttle to be retired, followed by Endeavour and then Atlantis .

The name Discovery was chosen to carry on a tradition based on ships of exploration, [4] primarily HMS Discovery , [8] one of the ships commanded by Captain James Cook during his third and final major voyage from 1776 to 1779, and Henry Hudson 's Discovery , [4] which was used in 1610–1611 to explore Hudson Bay and search for a Northwest Passage . Other ships bearing the name have included the HMS Discovery [9] of the 1875–1876 British Arctic Expedition to the North Pole and RRS Discovery , which led the 1901–1904 " Discovery Expedition " to Antarctica . [10]

After three decades the shuttle era has ended. With the 135th and final mission touching down on 21 July 2011, we chart some of the highs and lows of its many journeys into space.

The space shuttle was conceived as a concept long before man had even stepped on to the Moon. Its development seemed to many the stuff of science fiction made real. The test orbiter, Enterprise, even had a name taken from the Star Trek TV series.

When Columbia made the inaugural launch, she was manned by astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen. Even today that seems daring - that they should climb aboard a vehicle that had not first been sent on an unmanned test mission.

Shown is an artist's rendering of Boeing's Starliner capsule, which is being developed to take astronauts and cargo to the International Space Station.   (Photo: Boeing)

At its Hawthorne, California, headquarters in June 2014, SpaceX unveiled a mockup of its Crew Dragon capsule designed to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station.   (Photo: NASA)

In this March 22, 2017, file photo, Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala. is interviewed on Capitol Hill.   (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP)

There's something fishy going on with Wednesday's scheduled blastoff of the space shuttle Endeavour, but it's got nothing to do with technical glitches or complicating weather patterns.

Smoked salmon made by a Salt Spring Island business will be on board the shuttle when it takes off for the International Space Station.

The salmon is a favourite of B.C.-born astronaut Bob Thirsk, who is spending six months at the station, after blasting off last month on a Russian Soyuz rocket.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It may not be heading back into space and its crew members aren't astronauts, but space shuttle Discovery's final flight has its own mission patch.

The Space Shuttle orbiter was the spaceplane component of the Space Shuttle , a partially reusable orbital spacecraft system that was part of the Space Shuttle program . Operated by NASA , [1] the U.S. space agency, this vehicle could carry astronauts and payloads into low Earth orbit , perform in-space operations, then re-enter the atmosphere and land as a glider , returning its crew and any on-board payload to the Earth.

In addition to their crews and payloads, the reusable orbiter carried most of the Space Shuttle System 's liquid-fueled rocket propulsion system , but both the liquid hydrogen fuel and the liquid oxygen oxidizer for its three main rocket engines were fed from an external cryogenic propellant tank . Additionally, two reusable solid rocket boosters provided additional thrust for approximately the first two minutes of launch. The orbiters themselves did carry hypergolic propellants for their RCS thrusters and Orbital Maneuvering System engines.

The Reaction Control System (RCS) was composed of 44 small liquid-fueled rocket thrusters and their very sophisticated fly-by-wire flight control system , which utilized computationally intensive digital Kalman filtering . This control system carried out the usual attitude control along the pitch, roll, and yaw axes during all of the flight phases of launching, orbiting , and re-entry. This system also executed any needed orbital maneuvers, including all changes in the orbit's altitude, orbital plane , and eccentricity . These were all operations that required a lot more power and energy than mere attitude control.

Space Shuttle Discovery ( Orbiter Vehicle Designation : OV-103 ) is one of the orbiters from NASA 's Space Shuttle program and the third of five fully operational orbiters to be built. [4] Its first mission, STS-41-D , flew from August 30 to September 5, 1984. Over 27 years of service it launched and landed 39 times, gathering more spaceflights than any other spacecraft to date. [5]

Discovery became the third operational orbiter to enter service, preceded by Columbia and Challenger . [6] It embarked on its last mission, STS-133 , on February 24, 2011 and touched down for the final time at Kennedy Space Center on March 9, [7] having spent a cumulative total of almost a full year in space. Discovery performed both research and International Space Station (ISS) assembly missions. It also carried the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit. Discovery was the first operational shuttle to be retired, followed by Endeavour and then Atlantis .

The name Discovery was chosen to carry on a tradition based on ships of exploration, [4] primarily HMS Discovery , [8] one of the ships commanded by Captain James Cook during his third and final major voyage from 1776 to 1779, and Henry Hudson 's Discovery , [4] which was used in 1610–1611 to explore Hudson Bay and search for a Northwest Passage . Other ships bearing the name have included the HMS Discovery [9] of the 1875–1876 British Arctic Expedition to the North Pole and RRS Discovery , which led the 1901–1904 " Discovery Expedition " to Antarctica . [10]

Space Shuttle Discovery ( Orbiter Vehicle Designation : OV-103 ) is one of the orbiters from NASA 's Space Shuttle program and the third of five fully operational orbiters to be built. [4] Its first mission, STS-41-D , flew from August 30 to September 5, 1984. Over 27 years of service it launched and landed 39 times, gathering more spaceflights than any other spacecraft to date. [5]

Discovery became the third operational orbiter to enter service, preceded by Columbia and Challenger . [6] It embarked on its last mission, STS-133 , on February 24, 2011 and touched down for the final time at Kennedy Space Center on March 9, [7] having spent a cumulative total of almost a full year in space. Discovery performed both research and International Space Station (ISS) assembly missions. It also carried the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit. Discovery was the first operational shuttle to be retired, followed by Endeavour and then Atlantis .

The name Discovery was chosen to carry on a tradition based on ships of exploration, [4] primarily HMS Discovery , [8] one of the ships commanded by Captain James Cook during his third and final major voyage from 1776 to 1779, and Henry Hudson 's Discovery , [4] which was used in 1610–1611 to explore Hudson Bay and search for a Northwest Passage . Other ships bearing the name have included the HMS Discovery [9] of the 1875–1876 British Arctic Expedition to the North Pole and RRS Discovery , which led the 1901–1904 " Discovery Expedition " to Antarctica . [10]

After three decades the shuttle era has ended. With the 135th and final mission touching down on 21 July 2011, we chart some of the highs and lows of its many journeys into space.

The space shuttle was conceived as a concept long before man had even stepped on to the Moon. Its development seemed to many the stuff of science fiction made real. The test orbiter, Enterprise, even had a name taken from the Star Trek TV series.

When Columbia made the inaugural launch, she was manned by astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen. Even today that seems daring - that they should climb aboard a vehicle that had not first been sent on an unmanned test mission.

Space Shuttle Discovery ( Orbiter Vehicle Designation : OV-103 ) is one of the orbiters from NASA 's Space Shuttle program and the third of five fully operational orbiters to be built. [4] Its first mission, STS-41-D , flew from August 30 to September 5, 1984. Over 27 years of service it launched and landed 39 times, gathering more spaceflights than any other spacecraft to date. [5]

Discovery became the third operational orbiter to enter service, preceded by Columbia and Challenger . [6] It embarked on its last mission, STS-133 , on February 24, 2011 and touched down for the final time at Kennedy Space Center on March 9, [7] having spent a cumulative total of almost a full year in space. Discovery performed both research and International Space Station (ISS) assembly missions. It also carried the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit. Discovery was the first operational shuttle to be retired, followed by Endeavour and then Atlantis .

The name Discovery was chosen to carry on a tradition based on ships of exploration, [4] primarily HMS Discovery , [8] one of the ships commanded by Captain James Cook during his third and final major voyage from 1776 to 1779, and Henry Hudson 's Discovery , [4] which was used in 1610–1611 to explore Hudson Bay and search for a Northwest Passage . Other ships bearing the name have included the HMS Discovery [9] of the 1875–1876 British Arctic Expedition to the North Pole and RRS Discovery , which led the 1901–1904 " Discovery Expedition " to Antarctica . [10]

After three decades the shuttle era has ended. With the 135th and final mission touching down on 21 July 2011, we chart some of the highs and lows of its many journeys into space.

The space shuttle was conceived as a concept long before man had even stepped on to the Moon. Its development seemed to many the stuff of science fiction made real. The test orbiter, Enterprise, even had a name taken from the Star Trek TV series.

When Columbia made the inaugural launch, she was manned by astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen. Even today that seems daring - that they should climb aboard a vehicle that had not first been sent on an unmanned test mission.

Shown is an artist's rendering of Boeing's Starliner capsule, which is being developed to take astronauts and cargo to the International Space Station.   (Photo: Boeing)

At its Hawthorne, California, headquarters in June 2014, SpaceX unveiled a mockup of its Crew Dragon capsule designed to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station.   (Photo: NASA)

In this March 22, 2017, file photo, Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala. is interviewed on Capitol Hill.   (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP)

Space Shuttle Discovery ( Orbiter Vehicle Designation : OV-103 ) is one of the orbiters from NASA 's Space Shuttle program and the third of five fully operational orbiters to be built. [4] Its first mission, STS-41-D , flew from August 30 to September 5, 1984. Over 27 years of service it launched and landed 39 times, gathering more spaceflights than any other spacecraft to date. [5]

Discovery became the third operational orbiter to enter service, preceded by Columbia and Challenger . [6] It embarked on its last mission, STS-133 , on February 24, 2011 and touched down for the final time at Kennedy Space Center on March 9, [7] having spent a cumulative total of almost a full year in space. Discovery performed both research and International Space Station (ISS) assembly missions. It also carried the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit. Discovery was the first operational shuttle to be retired, followed by Endeavour and then Atlantis .

The name Discovery was chosen to carry on a tradition based on ships of exploration, [4] primarily HMS Discovery , [8] one of the ships commanded by Captain James Cook during his third and final major voyage from 1776 to 1779, and Henry Hudson 's Discovery , [4] which was used in 1610–1611 to explore Hudson Bay and search for a Northwest Passage . Other ships bearing the name have included the HMS Discovery [9] of the 1875–1876 British Arctic Expedition to the North Pole and RRS Discovery , which led the 1901–1904 " Discovery Expedition " to Antarctica . [10]

After three decades the shuttle era has ended. With the 135th and final mission touching down on 21 July 2011, we chart some of the highs and lows of its many journeys into space.

The space shuttle was conceived as a concept long before man had even stepped on to the Moon. Its development seemed to many the stuff of science fiction made real. The test orbiter, Enterprise, even had a name taken from the Star Trek TV series.

When Columbia made the inaugural launch, she was manned by astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen. Even today that seems daring - that they should climb aboard a vehicle that had not first been sent on an unmanned test mission.

Shown is an artist's rendering of Boeing's Starliner capsule, which is being developed to take astronauts and cargo to the International Space Station.   (Photo: Boeing)

At its Hawthorne, California, headquarters in June 2014, SpaceX unveiled a mockup of its Crew Dragon capsule designed to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station.   (Photo: NASA)

In this March 22, 2017, file photo, Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala. is interviewed on Capitol Hill.   (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP)

There's something fishy going on with Wednesday's scheduled blastoff of the space shuttle Endeavour, but it's got nothing to do with technical glitches or complicating weather patterns.

Smoked salmon made by a Salt Spring Island business will be on board the shuttle when it takes off for the International Space Station.

The salmon is a favourite of B.C.-born astronaut Bob Thirsk, who is spending six months at the station, after blasting off last month on a Russian Soyuz rocket.

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