Space Shuttle Discovery landed today, ending her final space mission and making her the most traveled human transport in history.

39 missions – 148,221,675 miles. SALUTE!

Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. The crew of six astronauts are on an 11-day mission to the international space station. / Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

What a great program with so many achievements. Sad to see it end. I’ve followed it from the very beginning. When I grew up in Houston, I’d pretend to be doing reports for school and write or call NASA for pictures and whatever they would send on Apollo and the Shuttle and space flight in general. Wish I still had those old photos and artist renditions of the shuttle and various spacecraft they sent me.

Let’s all drink a toast to Discovery and the fine folks of NASA.

Most of us out here still love you guys.


Image found here.

  • innominatus March 9, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    My dad worked on the Titan-IIIC rocket program back in the ’60s. As I understand it, the solid-rocket boosters on the shuttle are derived from the Titan series, but with a different fuel/oxidizer combo. I, too, am saddened by the end of the shuttle program. I am also saddened by how bad modern-day NASA sucks compared to NASA of 30 or 40 years ago.

  • 5etester March 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Cheers to Discovery! Anyone that has ever witnessed a night launch knows how awesome that was to see firsthand.

  • Matt March 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Good one Robot. Too bad Obama has grounded us for the foreseeable future.

  • Trestin March 10, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Like the Chinese in the early 1400’s, turning our back on exploration will have far greater consequences than we imagine.

  • Woodsterman March 10, 2011 at 8:46 am

    The prez couldn’t find enough Muzloons to man the Shuttle, so he naturally had to shut’er down.

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