View Full Version : Stripped Down Discovery rolls towards Retirement at Kennedy Space Center

2011-Jul-15, 07:20 AM
Space Shuttle Discovery was briefly on public display on Wednesday July 13 as she emerged from the hanger at the Kennedy Space Center where she has been undergoing processing for retirement since her final landing on the STS-133 mission. It was a rather stark and sad moment because Discovery looked almost naked and downtrodden – [...]

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2011-Jul-15, 02:19 PM
That's right, burn your bridges.

On the other hand, they now have spare motors and such,....Hmmm.

Also, it will give me another excuse to go back to the Smithsonian.

2011-Jul-15, 02:32 PM
Discovery was stripped bare of her three main engines and orbital maneuvering pods at the rear and she had a giant hole in the front, just behind the nose, that was covered in see through plastic sheeting that formerly housed her now missing forward thrusters. Without these essential components, Discovery cannot move 1 nanometer.
More than not being able to move, it really looks sad, almost like a derelict. Rather pathetic, IMO. :(