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#OnThisDay in #TechHistory #NASA Space Shuttle Discovery took off for 1st time, starting 27 years of reliable service

#OnThisDay in #TechHistory #NASA Space Shuttle Discovery took off for 1st time, starting 27 years of reliable service

NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery (Orbital Vehicle-103) took off for the first time on August 30, 1984, beginning what would become 27 years of reliable service. In its nearly three decades of use, Discovery successfully completed 39 missions, the first of which was putting three communication satellites into orbit. This maiden voyage came more than two months later than planned. It was delayed from its originally scheduled launch date after experiencing the Space Shuttle program's first launch abort at T-6 seconds on June 26, 1984. Discovery includes among its many credits the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, John Glenn’s second flight (when he was 77 years old), and both research and International Space Station assembly missions. Discovery’s last launch was in February 2011, before it was retired in March 2011. It was the first operational NASA shuttle to be retired, f...

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