As the space shuttle Discovery launched into space for the last time, here are a few random facts worth knowing.
142,917,535 = Total Miles Travelled
351 = days in orbit, equivalent to 8,441 hours
5,628 = number of orbits
38 = total flights
12 = number of International Space Dockings
Construction of the Discovery commenced on August 27th 1979 and was completed on August 30th 1984
It was named after two famous exploration ships: -
- was the vessel used by Henry Hudson in the early 1600s, which was used to explore the Hudson bay.
- after one of two ships used Captain James Cook during the 1770s, Cook's voyages which included navigating the South Pacific eventually led to the discovery of the Hawaiian Islands.