What happens after a space ship comes back to Earth? Well, in the case of the space shuttle Discovery, it takes on more flight. This week, the Discovery is being flown to Washington, D.C. where it will be displayed at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. But since the space shuttle wasn’t really made for flying like normal airplanes, it will have to travel in a special way. Discovery will be attached to the back of a 747 airplane that has been specially modified by NASA. Wouldn’t that be a crazy thing to see?
Here are some fun facts about the Discovery for space fans and wanna-be astronauts:
- Discovery is the third of NASA’s reusable, winged space ships.
- Discovery was launched on its first mission on August 30, 1984.
- Over its lifetime, the space shuttle completed more than 30 successful missions.
- The Discovery carried the Hubble Space Telescope into space in April 1990.
- It is named for two famous ships; one sailed by Henry Hudson and the other by James Cook.
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