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Discovery

It Came From Outer Space

Space Shuttle Discovery Gets Piggy-Back Ride To Its New Museum Home

Space shuttle Discovery took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the 12th mission of the shuttle program on August 30, 1984. It landed for the last time on March 9, 2011 on what marked the 133rd NASA shuttle mission. Today marks another momentous occasion for Discovery, it took its final trip into our atmosphere with a little help from a friend. 

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Don't Try This At Home

Mythbusters Hosts Will Produce, Judge a Rube Goldberg Competition Show

If you like Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, you’re going to be very happy about this: the Mythbusters hosts have announced that they’ll be producing a new show for Discovery called Unchained Reaction. The duo will serve as judges on the new show, which will pit two teams against each other while they build the most awesome Rube Goldberg device. And it looks like … yes. Yes, I read that right: there might be guillotines.

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hold on to your butts

It’s Shark Week, Everyone! Andy Samberg Gets Us Psyched [Video]

It’s here, guys. Shark Week. That midsummer tradition, provided to us by the Discovery Channel, kicks off tonight at 9:00 pm with this year’s formidable host, Chief Shark Officer Andy Samberg. We are happy to know that this shoot was successful and that he has all his limbs. Because sharks, man. Sharks.

(BuzzFeed)

We Have Done the Impossible and That Makes Us Mighty

Watch the Last Flight of Space Shuttle Discovery, The World’s Longest Lived Shuttle


Discovery made her first launch in 1984, and made her last landing yesterday, at about noon EST on March 9th, 2011. So, to put things in perspective, it will be another two years or so before I become older than Discovery‘s career.

According to Wired, Discovery has:

flown 39 missions, spent a full 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times and traveled more than of 148 million miles. It has carried 246 people into space, more than any other vehicle, including the first woman to ever pilot a spacecraft, the oldest person to fly in space, the first African-American to perform a spacewalk and the first sitting member of Congress to fly in space.

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