Discovery, the third orbiter to become
operational at Kennedy Space Center, was
named after one of two ships that were used
by the British explorer James Cook in the
1770s during voyages in the South Pacific
that led to the discovery of the Hawaiian
Islands. Another of his ships was the
the namesake of NASA's newest orbiter.
also used Discovery to explore the coasts of
southern Alaska and northwestern Canada.
During the American Revolutionary War,
Benjamin Franklin made a safe conduct
request for the British vessel because of
the scientific importance of its research.
famous ships have carried the name
Discovery, including one used by Henry
Hudson to explore Hudson Bay in Canada as
well as search for what was hoped to be the
northwest passage from the Atlantic to the
Pacific in 1610 and 1611. Another, based on
whaling ship design, was used by the British
Royal Geographical Society for an expedition
to the North Pole in 1875. This organization
then built another Discovery in 1901 to
conduct its Antartic expedition that
concluded in 1904. This ship still exists
and is being preserved by the Society.
day-to-day world of Shuttle operations and
processing, Space Shuttle orbiters go by a
more prosaic designation. Discovery is
commonly refered to as OV-103, for Orbiter
Vehicle-103. Empty Weight was 151,419 lbs at
rollout and 171,000 lbs with main engines
Thank you to
NASA for sharing these videos!
- Shuttle Landing
- STS-132: Atlantis Comes Home
- STS-126 Ferry Flight
WOW - I had no idea as to what the Space Station looks like.
Now I do and it is very impressive.This is
something worthwhile to watch. Forward this
to your family and friends. Don't forget
your children and grandchildren. Enjoy
here: Departing Space Station Commander
Provides Tour of Orbital Laboratory -
Check out How to Get to Mars.
Very Cool! HD - YouTube
Construction of the International Space Station
Look at what happened from 1998 until 2008. In just ten years it has grown
Watch the pieces come together as they are sent up from Earth. This is the
International Space Station (ISS) Assembly diagram, piece by piece.
I had no idea the Space Station had grown to this size. This is really
What a piece of engineering!! Could they have grown it to this size and
capability if it were spin stabliized??
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