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Space Shuttle Discovery Buzzes New York City on Way to Intrepid

It should be impossible to fly a space shuttle on the back of a 747 -- yet they've been doing it for 30 years

Hey NASA, Where Are the Records for Thousands of Space Shuttle Tiles? This Man Wants to Know

A close-up of the underside of the Discovery, covered in the heat-insulating tiles whose records have mysteriously disappeared. (Photo: NASA/Library of Congress) In photographs, the Space Shuttle looks smooth. Midflight, against the black of space, its bright white surface seems almost enameled, like a big tooth spit into the solar system. Show More Summary

Hubble is 25

4 months agoArts : Coxsoft Art News

The US-European Hubble Space Telescope is 25 years old. It was launched into orbit by the space shuttle Discovery on 24 April 1990. The BBC is celebrating Hubble's birthday with a small collection of mind-blowing images it has sent to Earth over the years (CLICK). Show More Summary

Stunning shot of massive star cluster unveiled as Hubble anniversary image

4 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

On this day 25 years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope launched aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in what marked the beginning of an incredible journey, and the start of a new golden age in the exploration of our Universe. In celebration of this auspicious occasion, NASA has released the official image for Hubble's 25th anniversary in low-Earth orbit. Show More Summary

25 years of the Hubble telescope in 25 stunning photos

The world’s first space telescope celebrates a quarter century this week. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope launched into orbit aboard the space shuttle Discovery 25 years ago Friday, on April 24, 1990. Continue reading ? The post 25 years of the Hubble telescope in 25 stunning photos appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

How Astronauts Eat Cheeseburgers in Space

Back in 1985, Mexican astronaut Rodolfo Neri Vela brought some tortillas in space aboard the space shuttle Discovery, and ever since then, NASA astronauts have been using them to “contain” their food while in zero gravity. Pictured above and below, you can see astronaut Terry W. Show More Summary

This Is How You Eat a Cheeseburger in Space

6 months agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

In 1985, Rodolfo Neri Vela, a Mexican scientist, served on a mission of the space shuttle Discovery. He brought tortillas. These proved to be an incredibly practical food in zero gravity. NASA astronauts have been using them ever since when attempting to make sandwiches. Show More Summary

I'm Coming In For A Landing!: Space Shuttle Slippers

10 months agoHumor : Geekologie

These are the Space Odyssey Plush Shuttle Slippers available from ThinkGeek ($20). They're one size fits most adults, and look like little space shuttles. This is space shuttle Discovery to Refrigerator Base, request permission to dock for a midnight snack, over. Show More Summary

On The 30th Anniversary Of The Space Shuttle Discovery, Let’s Talk About Giant Rockets & Life On Mars

12 months agoHumor : Geekosystem

In another 30 years the next generation might be reporting from Mars! Or at least, that's what I'd like to see happen. Also cats on mars.

Happy 30th Birthday to Discovery, NASA's Greatest Space Shuttle

12 months agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

On August 30th, 1984, the space shuttle Discovery launched on its first voyage to space. It wasn't the first, but over the next 27 years it became the undeniable king of NASA's shuttle program. Read more...

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

12 months 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

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

2 years agoHumor : 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

2 years 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...

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