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The Sciences

Deconstructing Discovery

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitApril 11, 2011 4:00 PM

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Spaceflight Now has an amazing and bittersweet series of pictures showing NASA technicians taking apart the Orbiter Discovery for cleaning and decommissioning.

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The parts need to be cleaned of potentially noxious chemicals before the Orbiter goes wherever it is it's going; NASA is selling the fleet to museums or other institutions which can guarantee they will be displayed properly. It's sad, but the future is still out there. That future is a little shaky and uncertain, but still holds lots of promise.

Tip o' the nose cone to Fark. Image credit: NASA.

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