Discovery: Champion of the Space Shuttle Fleet (Smithsonian Series)

Discovery: Champion of the Space Shuttle Fleet (Smithsonian Series)

Valerie Neal

Language: English

Pages: 144

ISBN: 0760343837

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This book places Space Shuttle Discovery within the history of the space shuttle program and provides an introduction to space shuttle technology, with a focus on the orbiter itself. Discovery's unique history is presented mission by mission that includes a brief narrative of each mission, a chart of its key statistics (dates, duration, altitude, payloads, etc.), each mission's patch with an explanation of its unique symbolism, a crew portrait, and two to four iconic photos that capture the distinct activities and successes of each mission. The book also features anecdotes and memories of several astronauts who flew on Discovery, as well as its modernization over the years and its final preparation for retirement at the Smithsonian.

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SPARTAN are represented in the open payload bay. Front (left to right): Janice E. Voss. Eileen M. Collins, James D. Wetherbee, and Vladimir G. Titov. Back (left to right): Bernard A. Harris Jr., and C. Michael Foale. Multiple Firsts The first 1995 shuttle launch marked Discovery’s twentieth trip into orbit and the first U.S. mission to the Russian space station Mir. That and another historic event made headlines: Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a U.S. spacecraft. Yet another.

• Tamara E. Jernigan, space physicist and astronomer, her last of 5 flights, 1 EVA • Ellen L. Ochoa, electrical engineer, her 3rd of 4 flights, 2 on Discovery, RMS operator • Daniel T. Barry, electrical engineer and medical doctor, his 2nd of 3 flights, 2 on Discovery, 1 EVA • Julie Payette, CSA, engineer, her 1st of 2 flights • Valery I. Tokarev, RSA, his only shuttle flight In this version of the astronaut symbol, the star represents the five participating space agencies, the colored rays.

Combined crews transferred seven tons of equipment and supplies from it into the station, and then loaded Leonardo with research materials and other items for return to Earth. Another couple of tons moved back and forth between Discovery’s middeck and payload bay and the space station. Two refrigerator-size racks of equipment for materials science and fluids research arrived for installation in the U.S. Destiny lab, and a large freezer for experiment samples went into Japan’s Kibō lab. An.

Missions. Thereafter, this module served as a much needed storage room for incoming and outgoing items (and trash) between visits of automated supply craft. Two supply ships from Europe and Japan that were also docked at the ISS were unloaded during this mission. Discovery also brought a large storage platform to be mounted on the ISS truss. This ExPRESS Logistics Carrier held exterior spare parts—a radiator, a power control unit, and other devices that might be needed as the originals aged.

Ascent. Called up because it was most ready to fly, Discovery twice put American astronauts, and through them the United States, back in space. Discovery and the other orbiters received approximately five hundred upgrades during the Space Shuttle program. Hardly any system was not touched. New computers, brakes, tires and wheels, avionics and navigation devices, auxiliary power units, fuel cells, thermal protection, other equipment, and some structural changes kept the orbiters updated and at.

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