On Wednesday the Space Shuttle Discovery returned home from it’s last mission in space, STS-133. In the course of it’s 27 year career, Discovery has logged 148,221,675 miles, during 39 missions, having orbited the Earth 5,830 times.
After undergoing removal of it’s engines and any other hazardous materials that may be on board, Discovery will take one last flight on the back of a modified 747 to it’s new home at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, where it will take the place of Space Shuttle Enterprise.
NASA has set the date for Endeavour’s move from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to Launch Pad 39A for Wednesday March 9th at 8am. This will be Endeavour’s final trip into space before the end of the shuttle program. The launch is planed for April 19th.
STS-134, will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and an ExPRESS Logistics Carrier to the International Space Station and will commanded by Mark Kelly, husband of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was shot on January 8th in Tucson, Arizona.
32 years ago today NASA unveiled the very first Space Shuttle OV-01. While originally slated to be named Constitution (It?s unveiling occurring on the anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution which in 2004 was named Constitution day) it was renamed to Enterprise after a massive write in campaign by fans of Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry and most of the cast of the Original Series were on hand.
After the break is a composite picture of all of the Ships named Enterprise.