Wednesday, July 05, 2017

NASA Space Shuttle Discovery: U.S. Flag Bearer | Happy July 4th!


In 1984, Space Shuttle Discovery made its maiden spaceflight after launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. On board STS-41D was Judith Resnik, America’s second woman in space.

STS-41-D was the 12th flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program, and the first mission of Space Shuttle Discovery. It was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on August 30, 1984, and landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on September 5. Three commercial communications satellites were deployed into orbit during the six-day mission, and a number of scientific experiments were conducted. (Source: Wikipedia)

NASA offered Discovery to the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum for public display and preservation, after a month-long decontamination process, as part of the national collection. Discovery replaced Enterprise in the Smithsonian's display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. (Source: Wikipedia)

Credit: NASA
Image Date: August 30, 1984

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