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Space shuttle Discovery is set to bow out tomorrow with its final homecoming at the end of a distinguished career which began on 30 August, 1984. Discovery performs its flyaround of the International Space Station as both spacecraft orbit over the Sahara Desert. Pic: NASA TV The venerable vehicle has two landing opportunities …

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Years

Discovery will have "spent a total of 365 days in space" in 39 flights

Seems a suspiciously convenient number of days...

Shirley NASA didn't plan that? mind you, no, they would have got it wrong by forgetting leap years or something...

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I wonder

I wonder if that 365 days value has been corrected for relativistic time dilation?

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Added a day

ISTR that NASA added an extra day to this flight at the last minute (officially after arrival at the ISS).

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A remarkable journey

And think how much technology has changed since her first launch.

May she have calm seas and a steady wind.

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AC@13:59

"And think how much technology has changed since her first launch."

In terms of the outside world quite a lot. In terms of the Shuttle itself, not much.

NASA has spent at least a *billion* dollars on *developing* upgrades but *very* few have been retro-fitted.

It's retirement is *not* sad as it has reached (if not exceeded) its useful life, but the missed opportunities, the wrong conclusions drawn about future systems and the *disgraceful* behavior of some Senators *is*.

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Discovery (and ISS)

Watched them speed across the night sky the other day, humbling.

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Did you mean "bumbling"?

Overpriced govmt' project in the sky, where is my 2001-style space station and moonbase?

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Fair winds, old friend.

Come home safe.

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