Life of Shuttle Discovery in Pictures

I live 15 miles from Kennedy Space Center in Central Florida and there is no getting used to the rumbling roar and glowing glare of a shuttle shooting up, up and away…

Discovery is a big deal in this part of the country. This ship has been around for a long time and folks have grown attached.

The space shuttle isn’t just a machine, it took on a personality after a time. Take a look:


Photo/NASA
Delivering Discovery to the launch pad on a huge
crawler transporter
takes nearly five hours


Photo/NASA
Exhaust clouds engulf launch pad at Kennedy Space Center
as Discovery lifts off for the first time in August 1984


Photo/NASA
Space shuttle Discovery blazes into night
sky as it soars off Launch Pad 39A

Photo/NASA
Discovery creates brilliant arc over Florida on August
28, 2009 – gives new meaning to … eat my dust

Photo/SSPL, Getty Images
Discovery’s robotic arm grasps Hubble Space Telescope during April 1990 mission that deployed observatory into Earth orbit

Photo/Kris Kehe
Besides carrying storage module for International Space Station, Discovery will deliver first humanoid robot in space—it’s called Robonaut2

Photo/NASA
Runway where shuttle Discovery touches down is
15,000 feet – with a 1,000ft. overrun at each end

Photo/NASA
Shuttle Discovery stands on Launch Pad 39a
at Kennedy Space Center in September

Photo/www.floridatoday.com
Discovery astronauts are ready to roar into space,
headed for the International Space Station

Photo/www.floridatoday.com
Discovery blasts off from Pad 39A at Kennedy
Space Center for its final mission into space.

The mighty spaceship will be missed.

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

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About Maxi

Hi … I'm Maxi, a retiree with an addiction. I have quit: raising kids, cleaning house, cooking, doing laundry—there is no end the list—everything is done on "have to." The addiction? Writing to my last breath. blessings ~ maxi
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