波士顿大图集 – 发现号,告别之旅

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For Discovery, a farewell spin

发现号航天飞机的下一个任务将是激励那些在史密森学会里参观它的访问者们,使他们敬畏。美国宇航局的这架航天飞机将在完成最后一周的国际空间站任务后退役- 这是它在太空轨道上执行的第39个任务,总里程达5,750,150万英里,自1984年首次发射,它在太空的停留时间几乎达到一年。它的名字的灵感来自于过去的探险船,探险包括17世纪初,寻找从大西洋到太平洋的西北通道 – 哈德逊湾。发现号有过一批最杰出的乘员,包括艾琳柯林斯,第一位女机长,谢尔盖克里卡列夫,航天飞机的首位俄罗斯乘员,参议员约翰格伦,升空当时已经76岁。发现号在完成最后一次太空任务后,把太空中的第一个灵巧的人形机器人Robonaut2留在了空间站。

Space shuttle Discovery’s next mission will be to awe and inspire those who visit it at the Smithsonian Institution. NASA’s workhorse shuttle was retired after completing its trip last week to the International Space Station — that’s 39 missions covering 5,750 orbits, 150 million miles, and almost a year in space since it first lifted off in 1984. It’s name was inspired by the exploring ships of the past, including one that plied the Hudson Bay in the early 1600s seeking a northwest passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans. Discovery carried some of NASA most-distinguished astronauts, including Eileen Collins, the first female commander, Sergei Krikalev, the first Russian to fly on a shuttle, and Senator John Glenn, who returned to space at 76. In its last mission, Discovery dropped Robonaut 2, the first dexterous humanoid robot in space, at the space station. — Lloyd Young (45 photos total)

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Space shuttle Discovery rolls to the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida for its final mission, Jan. 31. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Space shuttle crew members, from left, Nicole Stott, Alvin Drew, Michael Barratt, pilot Eric Boe, Steve Bowen, and commander Steve Lindsey left their quarters at Kennedy Space Center to board Discovery for its final mission in space, Feb. 24. (Bruce Weaver/AFP/Getty Images)

Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida bound for the International Space Station on its 39th and final flight. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Erik Halsteili, of Bellingham, Wash., watches the launch of Discovery while dug into the sand on the beach in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 24. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press)

Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 24. (Wifredo Lee/Associated Press)

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other management watch the launch of Discovery (STS-133) from the firing room at Kennedy Space Center, Feb. 24. (Bill Inalls/NASA)

NASA employees Bet Eldred (left) and Dana St. Jean hug after the Discovery lifted off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, Feb. 24. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Space shuttle Discovery (below) continues into orbit as the two solid rocket boosters separate from the spacecraft after launch, Feb. 24. (Pierre Ducharme/Reuters)

With clouds below it, the space shuttle Discovery approaches the International Space Station for docking, Feb. 26. (NASA)

Discovery approaches the International Space Station, Feb. 26. (NASA)

Carrying the Italian-built Permanent Multipurpose Module, Express Logistics Carrier 4, and Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space, Discovery approaches the International Space Station, Feb. 26. (NASA)

The underside of the nose of Discovery was visible as the space shuttle performed a back-flip for the rendezvous pitch maneuver during its approach to the International Space Station, Feb. 26. (NASA)

The Earth

The crew cabin and forward payload bay of the space shuttle Discovery, Feb. 26. (NASA)

The Expedition 26 crew photographed the aft portion of Discovery

The nose, the forward underside, and crew cabin of the space shuttle Discovery were photographed during maneuvers prior to docking, Feb. 26. (NASA)

From left, astronauts Steve Bowen, Michael Barratt, and Alvin Drew prepare for the mission

Astronaut Alvin Drew began his shared spacewalking duties with fellow astronaut Steve Bowen, Feb. 28. (NASA)

Astronauts Steve Bowen (left) and Alvin Drew (right) participate in the mission

Space shuttle Discovery astronaut Steve Bowen works outside the International Space Station during the STS-133 mission

Astronauts Steve Bowen and Alvin Drew work on the International Space Station during the mission

The aft section of space shuttle Discovery, docked with the International Space Station, was visible with cloud-streaked Earth as a backdrop, Feb. 26. (NASA)

Astronauts, from left, Alvin Drew, Cady Coleman, and Michael Barratt enjoy a light moment in the Quest airlock of the International Space Station as the mission

In the grasp of the International Space Station

Discovery astronaut Steve Bowen works outside the International Space Station during the STS-133 mission

The docked space shuttle Discovery (STS-133) and the Canadian-built Dextre, also known as the Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator, appear together in this photo, Feb. 27. (NASA)

Astronaut Steve Bowen works outside the station during the STS-133 mission

The space shuttle Discovery accomplishes separation from the International Space Station to prepare for its final Earth landing, March 7. (NASA)

With its payload bay empty, the space shuttle Discovery separates from the International Space Station to return to Earth, March 7. (NASA)

People watch as the space shuttle Discovery flies in for its final landing at Kennedy Space Center, March 9. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Space shuttle Discovery glides in for a landing at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., completing its 39th and final flight, March 9. Since 1984, Discovery spent 365 days in space, orbited Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles. (Bill Ingalls/NASA)

The space shuttle Discovery touches down at Kennedy Space Center, March 9. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

US space shuttle Discovery comes to a stop after landing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, March 9. (Bruce Weaver/AFP/Getty Images)

Discovery commander Steve Lindsey (second right) and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (right) lead the crew after the shuttle landed, March 9. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Discovery crew members, from left, commander Steve Lindsey, pilot Eric Boe, and mission specialists Alvin Drew, Steve Bowen, Michael Barratt, and Nicole Stott attend a news conference after their return from space, March 9. (Terry Renna/Associated Press)

A landing crew worker checks the space shuttle Discovery after landing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, March 9. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Space shuttle Discovery

Astronaut Dale A. Gardner, left, holds a

STS-95 mission commander Curtis Brown (left) and payload specialist John Glenn held a press conference on Discovery

A Boeing 747 carried space shuttle Discovery back to Kennedy Space Center in Florida after a weather-related landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California, Nov. 2, 2000. (Reed Saxon/Assocaited Press)

Discovery commander Eileen Collins, shown with astronaut John Phillips, was the first female commander of a space shuttle, July 28, 2005. (NASA TV)

Discovery was towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility after successfully completing Mission 51-A with a crew of five, Nov. 16, 1984. (Phil Sandlin/Associated Press)

Discovery was rolled back to the Orbiter Processing Facility after its final flight landing at the Kennedy Space Center, March 9. (Craig Rubadoux/Associated Press/Florida Today)



 

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