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2011 A Very Good Year

and a lot of trips to Florida

The last three Space Shuttle missions were STS-133, STS-134 and STS-135. We were lucky enough to have been there when all three blasted off. It was a magic moment when the booster rockets fired and the shuttle lifted off, then the noise and ground vibrations. It was great.

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STS-133 Patch

Space Shuttle STS-133
February 24, 2011

STS-134 Patch

Space Shuttle STS-134
May 16, 2011

STS-135 Patch

Space Shuttle
July 8, 2011


Space Shuttle Discovery (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-103) is one of the orbiters from NASA's Space Shuttle program and the third of five fully operational orbiters to be built. Its first mission, STS-41-D, flew from August 30 to September 5, 1984. Over 27 years of service it launched and landed 39 times, flown 149 million miles (238 million km) in the 39 missions, completed 5,830 orbits, and spent 365 days in orbit over 27 years gathering more spaceflights than any other spacecraft to date.

Discovery became the third operational orbiter to enter service, preceded by Columbia and Challenger. It embarked on its last mission, STS-133, on February 24, 2011 and touched down for the final time at Kennedy Space Center on March 9, having spent a cumulative total of almost a full year in space. Discovery performed both research and International Space Station (ISS) assembly missions. It also carried the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit. Discovery the first operational shuttle to be retired, followed by Endeavour and then Atlantis.

Discovery leaving Kennedy
Space Shuttle Discovery leaving Kennedy Space Center

Discovery and Enterprise
Space Shuttle Discovery and Enterprise at the Smithsonian

Discovery at Smithsonian
Space Shuttle Discovery at the Smithsonian

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