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On This Day… The Space Shuttle Discovery

Written by: George Chittenden : 28 May 2019

It was on this day, 30th August, back in 1984 when the Space Shuttle Discovery was launched for the very first time from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. She had arrived less than a year earlier, and her first mission was to deploy three communications satellites. The name ‘Discovery’ has featured on many historic vessels such as Henry Hudson’s ship that explored Hudson Bay searching for a northwest passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and even the ship James Cook used in the 1770’s during his voyages in the South Pacific when he discovered the Hawaiian Islands.

In the name of exploration, the Space Shuttle Discovery was in a league of her own though. During her career she completed over thirty successful missions, more than any other orbiter in NASA's fleet. Over the years Discovery has carried satellites into space, ferried equipment and crew to the International Space Station, and has performed countless scientific experiments. She was launched into space on her last mission on February 24th, 2011. During her career she spent a cumulative total of almost a full year in space.

Discovery touching down for the very last time

Discovery touching down for the very last time

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