Latest in Discovery

Image credit:

Space Shuttle Discovery returns from final trip, immediately begins search for final resting place

Darren Murph
03.09.11
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

It's a bittersweet occasion, really. Space Shuttle Discovery has just returned from the unknown that we call "space," safely returning six astronauts and one zero Robonaut 2s to Earth after a 13-day mission. Discovery's legacy stretches back 27 years, compiling 39 flights during that span and making an indelible mark on the history of American space exploration. This guy is also the first shuttle to be retired after NASA was rocked a few years back by the impossible-to-ignore budget crunch, and already museums and institutes (29 at last count) are lining up to lobby their case for capturing it. No question, having this 170,000 pound benemoth at your museum would likely benefit admission numbers, but it's not like Discovery will be the only craft calling it quits in the near future. As of now, no decision has been made as to where it'll wheel off to for the final time, but you can bet whoever lands it will make quite the scene.

[Image courtesy of Stephen Clark]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Sony's self-driving 'Sociable Cart' delivers mixed-reality inside, ads outside

Sony's self-driving 'Sociable Cart' delivers mixed-reality inside, ads outside

View
Ford teams up with charging companies to form the FordPass Network

Ford teams up with charging companies to form the FordPass Network

View
Olympus' OM-D E-M5 Mark III camera is small and shoots fast

Olympus' OM-D E-M5 Mark III camera is small and shoots fast

View
Apple confirms 50 percent of iPhones have upgraded to iOS 13

Apple confirms 50 percent of iPhones have upgraded to iOS 13

View
Samsung will fix bug that lets any fingerprint unlock a Galaxy S10

Samsung will fix bug that lets any fingerprint unlock a Galaxy S10

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr