Space & Astronomy
Discovery's first pilot recalls maiden flight
By T.K. Randall
March 10, 2011 · 3 comments
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At the end of a 27 year program, Discovery's first pilot recalls his harrowing first experiences.
At the end of a colorful career as the most travelled space vehicle in the fleet run by NASA's space program, Michael Coats, Discovery Shuttle's first pilot recalls his experiences. After two failed launch aborts, and a fire, the Space Shuttle Discovery was launched into space and into history.
The 27-year flying career of space shuttle Discovery, the most traveled spaceship in history, is due to end today with a landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The ship's 39th and final spaceflight has been virtually trouble-free, a far cry from its rocky start in 1984.
Source: Discovery News
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