Figures: Third shuttle commissioned, following Columbia and Challenger. Mission STS-133 will be its 39th and last, most of any shuttle. Will have carried 252 crew members, most. Orbited Earth 5,628 times, going 143 million miles. Highest shuttle orbit, 360 miles.
- Space Shuttle Discovery Missions
- Pictures: Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-133
- Pictures: Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-131
- Pictures: Space shuttle Discovery STS-128
- Photos: Space shuttle Discovery -- STS-119
- Pictures: SpaceX rocket launch at Cape Canaveral
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- Lisa Nowak
- Henry Hudson
- Mark Kelly
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Notable astronauts: Charlie Bolden (NASA administrator,) Michael Coats (director of Johnson Space Center,) Eileen Collins, Jake Garn, John Glenn, Rick Husband, Mark Kelly, Sergie Krikalev, Tom Mattingly, Story Musgrave, Lisa Nowak, Judith Resnick.
Aug. 30, 1984: Maiden flight, launched three satellites.
April 12, 1985: Carried U.S. Sen. Jake Garn (R-Utah) into space.
Sept. 29, 1988: Return to flight mission after 1986 Challenger disaster.
April 24, 1990: Delivered Hubble Space Telescope to orbit.
Oct. 10, 1990: Delivered Ulysses spacecraft to explore Sun.
Feb. 3, 1994: Carried first Russian cosmonaut, Sergei Krikalev, on U.S. shuttle.
Feb. 3, 1995: First female shuttle pilot, Eileen Collins.
Feb. 11, 1997: Fixed Hubble Space Telescope.
Oct. 29, 1998: Carried U.S. Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio) in his return to space.
May 27, 1999: First shuttle docking to the International Space Station.
July 26, 2005: Return to flight mission after 2003 Columbia disaster.
April 5, 2010: Most recent mission.