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Space Shuttle Discovery and Our New Comrades

Blair31 Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 4:14 PM
The real reason why the Space Shuttle Discovery's the oldest shuttle in the fleet is because the other two shuttles, Columbia, the first shuttle in space, and Challenger, the second shuttle in space, were destroyed. Challenger blew up in 1986. Columbia broke up over Texas. Although, the best way to do this is by way of single-stage-to-orbit.
Frank391 Wrote: Apr 22, 2012 1:11 PM
SSO doesn't work. You are essentially hauling dead weight into orbit.

Watching Space Shuttle Discovery soar over the great American monuments in DC on the back of a 747, gutted and consigned to a museum, brought back wonderful memories of America’s marvelous achievements. Yet it also reminded us it was our triumph in the space war that bankrupted the Soviet Union and created a bitterness they shall never forget.

It was a curious thing when, shortly after Obama’s inauguration, new Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handed Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, a large red button meant to indicate a “reset” in American-Russian relations. And reset relations, we did.