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 Endeavour, the namesake of NASA's newest orbiter.

Cook 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.

Other 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.

In the 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 installed.






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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

 Click here: Departing Space Station Commander Provides Tour of Orbital Laboratory - YouTube

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Construction of the International Space Station

Look at what happened from 1998 until 2008. In just ten years it has grown and 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 cool.....
What a piece of engineering!! Could they have grown it to this size and capability if it were spin stabliized??

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