The Sciences

Deconstructing Discovery

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitApr 11, 2011 4:00 PM

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news
 

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

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.

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month
Already a subscriber? Log In or Register
1 free articleSubscribe
Want unlimited access?

Subscribe today and save 70%

Subscribe

Already a subscriber? Log In or Register
More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Join
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

 
Subscribe
To The Magazine

Save up to 70% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2021 Kalmbach Media Co.