Discovery retrospective

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Space shuttle Discovery completed 39 missions, more than any other shuttle, during which it spent 365 days in space, orbited Earth 5,830 times and traveled 148,221,675 miles.

Discovery flew its maiden voyage on Aug. 30, 1984, on the STS-41-D mission. Later missions included NASA’s return to flight after the loss of Challenger (September 1988) and Columbia (July 2005), launch of the Hubble Space Telescope in April 1990, the final Shuttle/Mir docking mission in June 1998 and Senator John Glenn’s shuttle flight in October 1998. Discovery was named after one of the ships British explorer James Cook used in the 1770s during voyages in Space Shuttle Discovery the South Pacific.

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