Author Topic: FEATURE: After 26 Years, Workhorse Discovery Stands Ready for Final Mission  (Read 22588 times)


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Wow.  Great article.  I think Chris B used the word already, but that was epic!  :)

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Launching more times than any other space vehicle in history (a  distinction she will hold for decades to come since no spaceship  currently under construction, design, or research and development is  slated to fly more than 10 times), Discovery’s 38 – soon to be 39 –  missions place her firmly and unquestionably as the workhorse for the  manned space community.

Enjoyable read! ;D (Well so far, anyway ;) -- it's long enough that I didn't get to finish it all and have to run off to work.) 

Very nice words on OV-103.  I'm going to pass this one along to some friends. 
There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened. -- Douglas Adams

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W O N D E R F U L

i'm going to send this around....BIG TIME



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Amazing work, Chris G! I dread to think how long you've been working on this! ;D
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That is why this site is the best, right there!

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Incredible article well done Chris !

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some editing:

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Later that year, Discovery flew the STS-64 mission, a flight that marked the first use of the Lidar In-space Technology Experiment and the first untethered US spacewalk in 10 years.

STS-64 also saw astronauts test a new SAFER device for EVA use. SAFERs are now a mandatory part of all EVAs (spacewalks) conducted by NASA.

SAFER testing was the untethered EVA, how it is worded here it would seem that the two were separate events.

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Discovery returned several long-term US experiments from MIR via the SPACEBAN single module during STS-91. Among further note for STS-91 is the flight of the prototype Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) – a payload via AMS-2 that will be permanently attached to the International Space Station in 2011.

Should be Spacehab

Also for STS-96, perhaps a quick mention that Rick Husband was the PLT?
« Last Edit: 10/28/2010 06:44 PM by Ronsmytheiii »

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Thanks so much Chris G!!  What a great way to remember this amazing machine.  And it was a wonderfully clear morning when I got to see STS-131 launch (my 5th and final orbiter).

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Amazing read!
Let's go and explore space.

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« Last Edit: 10/28/2010 08:03 PM by 2552 »

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Fantastic article.  A very enjoyable read.  A bit of a sad read as it points out all that Discovery has accomplished and this will be its final mission.

« Last Edit: 10/28/2010 08:42 PM by Commander Keen »

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Thank you all for the kind words. It was an amazing journey to chronicle Discovery's history like. And for those of you wondering, actual writing of this article only took me 5 hours (but that spread out over a few days due to illness).

Again, thank you all for the kind words. And good speed Discovery!

Offline Space Pete

And for those of you wondering, actual writing of this article only took me 5 hours (but that spread out over a few days due to illness).

:o

Well, all I can say is that you're much better than me!
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Offline Chris Bergin

I created a Digg account just to submit this awesome article:

http://digg.com/news/technology/after_26_years_workhorse_discovery_stands_ready_for_final_mission_nasaspaceflight_com



Thanks! I'm hardly the biggest fan of social media, but I've been impressed and appreciative of the people retweeting and spreading this important article for one of the most famous machines we'll ever know.

Offline Chris Bergin

Thank you all for the kind words. It was an amazing journey to chronicle Discovery's history like. And for those of you wondering, actual writing of this article only took me 5 hours (but that spread out over a few days due to illness).

Again, thank you all for the kind words. And good speed Discovery!

Heh. Took me four hours just to add the photos and links :D

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Marathon read, but so worth it. And great use of the images from L2's massive collection.

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WOW! That was such a great read. A very fitting tribute to a very fine ship.

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Excellent article! Well done Chris.

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quick question -
You said that if the main engines light up, it's considered a flight, even if they're shut down as in STS-41D, and require changing out..

So after the FRR on 6/2/84, did they change out the main engines, or was that considered a test ? Just wondering about that.

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