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Discovery's first pilot recalls maiden flight

By T.K. Randall
March 10, 2011 · Comment icon 3 comments

Image Credit: NASA
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 | Comments (3)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by ColoradoParanormal 12 years ago
Thanks for the read! Spaceflight has always intrigued me. It is kinda sad to see the Shuttle go. To me, at least, it's the epitome of NASA, Astronauts, and Space, growing up watching that thing take off and land.
Comment icon #2 Posted by 27vet 12 years ago
a launch abort six seconds before liftoff when one of the shuttle's three hydrogen-burning main engines failed to start. What an anti climax that must have been. I take my hat off to those guys.
Comment icon #3 Posted by ColoradoParanormal 12 years ago
What an anti climax that must have been. I take my hat off to those guys. lol imagine the blue ba**s that would have caused.

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