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Happy 30th, Discovery!

Thirty years ago today, Space Shuttle Discovery was launched on its maiden voyage. Before it embarked on its final mission on 24 February 2011, it flew 39 missions over 27 years and accumulated more flight time than any other spacecraft to date. This historic spacecraft assisted in the assembly of the International Space Station (ISS) […]

As Space Shuttle Discovery Turns 30, Smithsonian Curator Shares Orbiter Secrets

NASA's retired space shuttle Discovery will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its first launch being admired by fans of all ages, according to the Smithsonian curator charged with its care. "If Discovery could talk, it would surely express...Show More Summary

Remembering Space Shuttle Discovery, 30 years later

14 hours agoTechnology : Tech Talk

Discovery blasted the American space program to new heights and revived American the space program more than once. Kylie Atwood reports.

A Look Inside the ‘Cruel Summer’ Group Exhibition Curated by Roger Gastman

Jonathan LeVine Gallery recently held the opening reception for Cruel Summer, a group exhibition curated by collector and graffiti historian Roger Gastman. “The summer of 1984 was awesome,” he explains. “The space shuttle Discovery took off… A Look Inside the ‘Cruel Summer’ Group Exhibition Curated by Roger Gastman is a post by Brian Farmer on Highsnobiety.

What astronauts know about leadership

Ellen Ochoa is a former astronaut and the first Hispanic women to go into space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1993. She is now the director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, which was recently recognized as one of the most innovative agency subcomponents. Ochoa spoke about her experiences […]

Today in architecture: Space shuttle house in Jiexi, Guangdong

5 months agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Only a couple of days after the discovery of this questionable tower in Jinlin, here's yet another one of China's more bizarre infrastructures: The Guangdong Province space shuttle and rocket house. [ more › ]

Quickies: Mental Health Institute Abuse, Doxxing Random Women, and Check Out This Podcast

February 24, 2011, was the final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery. Nowadays, the only way to get to the International Space Station is via the Soyuz (which is covered in February’s book club pick.) NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not...Show More Summary

Space Weakens Fly Immune Systems, Probably Ours Too

7 months agoOdd : Geekosystem

You've heard of butterflies and houseflies, but did you know there are...flies in space? Researchers at the University of California Davis hatched twelve Drosophilia "space flies" on the Space Shuttle Discovery to discover how microgravity affects their immune systems, as well as our own.

A Little Girl Watches Her Mom Make History

7 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Pictured here: Kristin Fisher, daughter of astronauts Anna Fisher and William fisher, hanging out in mission control during her mom's 1984 mission aboard Space Shuttle Discovery. Fisher the younger was just 15 months old when her mother became the first mom to fly in space. Read more...

30 years after rollout, take a tour of space shuttle Discovery's flightdeck

Space shuttle Discovery was rolled out from the factory thirty years ago this month, and in an operational career spanning 39 missions, she spent 365 days in space and travelled almost 150 million miles. Discovery can currently be found...Show More Summary

A patriotic return to space

When Space Shuttle Discovery launched on its 1988 return-to-flight mission, it was a big moment for NASA and America.

Artificial Gravity in the Spinning Discovery One

No, I’m not talking about the Space Shuttle Discovery. I mean the spacecraft from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey (and 2010: The Year We Make Contact). In particular, I am thinking of the scene in 2010 where two astronauts...

NASA's Hubble sees a Horsehead of a different color

Astronomers have used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to photograph the iconic Horsehead Nebula in a new, infrared light to mark the 23rd anniversary of the famous observatory's launch aboard the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. read more

A tribute to Spacebat

last yearOdd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. A bat that was clinging to space shuttle Discoverys external fuel tank during the countdown to launch the STS-119 mission remained with the spacecraft as it cleared the tower, analysts at NASAs Kennedy Space Center concluded.Based...Show More Summary

Shuttle Discovery, just chillaxin' at Udvar-Hazy (photo)

last yearOdd : Boing Boing

Bryan Jones shot this lovely portrait of Space Shuttle Discovery at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center; the companion site to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is located near Washington Dulles International Airport.

Shuttle Flyovers, New Models, Missing Drones: Our Year in Aviation

For most people, April 17 was memorable if only because that was the deadline for filing their federal income tax returns. But in D.C. we'll remember April 17, 2012 as the day we saw the Space Shuttle Discovery. [ more › ]

Get Inside the Replica That Trained Every Shuttle Astronaut

It's not named Atlantis, Discovery, Endeavor or Enterprise. But the Full Fuselage Trainer at the Museum of Flight in Seattle is the only full-size artifact of the space shuttle program that visitors can actually go inside and follow in the footsteps of every shuttle astronaut.

Watch Felix Baumgartner Live: This Scientific Discovery Brought To You By Mentos, The Freshmaker

2 years agoTechnology : TechCrunch

As I watch todays jump by Felix Baumgartner - it's been running non-stop on most major news channels, the same channels that gave a Space Shuttle launch about two minutes between video of a talking dog and what Kim Kardashian just ate - I'm struck by the notion that what we're seeing, albeit in an Evel Knievel kind of way, is the future of scientific discovery.

Space Shuttle Atlantis hands-on: a look inside (video)

2 years agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

Space Shuttles Discovery, Endeavour and Enterprise have all left Kennedy Space Center for new homes, but Atlantis? She's staying. Come November 2nd, the orbiter will be wheeled out to a 65,000-square-foot exhibit, which is still being constructed at KSC's visitor complex. Show More Summary

The Shuttle Shokunin: Miles O'Brien on Kennedy Space Center's 50th Anniversary

This image of space shuttle Discovery was taken as the craft began its rollout from the Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A in preparation for STS-133, its final mission. Photo by NASA. Editor's note: This...

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