By Valerie Neal
This ebook areas house go back and forth Discovery in the heritage of the distance travel application and offers an advent to house trip know-how, with a spotlight at the orbiter itself. Discovery's designated heritage is gifted project by way of challenge that features a short narrative of every project, a chart of its key information (dates, period, altitude, payloads, etc.), each one mission's patch with a proof of its certain symbolism, a workforce portrait, and to 4 iconic pictures that trap the particular actions and successes of every challenge. The e-book additionally beneficial properties anecdotes and stories of numerous astronauts who flew on Discovery, in addition to its modernization through the years and its ultimate guidance for retirement on the Smithsonian.
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This Discovery challenge introduced new features and moved the learn schedule ahead. Discovery thundered into house as August 28 turned August 29, launching at 11:59 p. m. and attaining orbit 8 mins prior middle of the night (EDT). Nicole P. Stott is surrounded via hundreds apparatus and offers packed into the Leonardo logistics module. The mixed crews moved all of the stowage baggage and new racks into the ISS after which repacked Leonardo with goods to come. STS-131: APRIL 5–20, 2010 COMMANDER • Alan G. Poindexter, USN, his final of two flights PILOT • James P. Dutton Jr. , USAF, his basically flight venture experts • Richard A. (Rick) Mastracchio, engineer, his final of three travel flights, plus an ISS day trip, three EVAs • Dorothy M. Metcalf-Lindenburger, earth sciences educator, her purely flight, RMS operator • Stephanie D. Wilson, aerospace engineer, her final of three flights, all on Discovery, RMS operator • Naoko Yamazaki, JAXA, aerospace engineer, her in basic terms flight, RMS operator • Clayton C. Anderson, aerospace engineer, his final of three flights, 2 on Discovery, three EVAs Superimposed at the gold image of the Astronaut workplace is the travel orbiter bearing the Leonardo Multipurpose Logistics Module on ISS meeting project 19A. The orbiter seems to be doing the rendezvous pitch maneuver, or “backflip,” close to the distance station. From left: Richard A. (Rick) Mastracchio, Stephanie D. Wilson, James P. Dutton Jr. , Dorothy M. Metcalf-Lindenburger, Alan G. Poindexter, Naoko Yamazaki, and Clayton C. Anderson. Discovery and the foreign house Station: a narrative in 13 Episodes provides Discovery flew just once in 2010, the yr the distance trip application was once alleged to finish. as a substitute, 2011 grew to become the ultimate 12 months, as the area station nonetheless wanted a few paintings. NASA made up our minds to inventory the ISS with as many offers and spare elements as attainable whereas the massive “space vehicles” have been nonetheless in provider, for whilst the shuttles ceased to fly, it'd be a lot more durable to ship vast shipment. STS-131 was once the final area station meeting project flown, and Discovery back carried the Leonardo logistics module. Now it used to be full of extra a whole bunch fabric, together with 4 new scan racks, one other laboratory freezer, an workout examine method, and one other group quarters sleep station. The payload bay held a substitute ammonia tank meeting for the ISS cooling process and different gear, and one other ton or so of bagged goods and water occupied the middeck. lots of the gear used to be destined for inside meeting of clinical learn amenities. many of the mixed go back and forth and area station workforce transferred racks and stowage baggage from Leonardo and the orbiter into the station and despatched returning goods within the other way. in the meantime, the staff of spacewalkers and arm operators carried out 3 EVAs dedicated to upkeep projects. just like the prior Discovery team, this one needed to change a spent ammonia tank positioned on one of many trusses, a job that fed on virtually a complete EVA interval. in addition they changed a price gyro unit, put in a few staff aids, and entire miscellaneous projects.