FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS
Space Shuttle Discovery (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-103) is one of the orbiters from NASA‘s Space Shuttle program and the third of five fully operational orbiters to be built. Its first mission, STS-41-D, flew from August 30 to September 5, 1984. Over 27 years of service it launched and landed 39 times, aggregating more spaceflights than any other spacecraft to date. The Space Shuttle launch vehicle has three main components: the Space Shuttle orbiter, a single-use central fuel tank, and two reusable solid rocket boosters. Nearly 25,000 heat-resistant tiles cover the orbiter to protect it from high temperatures on re-entry.
Discovery became the third operational orbiter to enter service, preceded by Columbia and Challenger. It embarked on its final mission, STS-133, on February 24, 2011, and touched down for the last time at Kennedy Space Center on March 9, having spent a cumulative total of nearly a full year in space. Discovery performed both research and International Space Station (ISS) assembly missions, and also carried the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit.
Discovery was the first operational shuttle to be retired, followed by Endeavour and then Atlantis. The shuttle is now on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Question of the Day
What do ducks do in the rain?
Ducks just love rain. They are quite happy to stay out in it, and they often preen their feathers and poke around in puddles. (The British refer to a rainy day as “a lovely day for ducks.”) They don’t even seem to mind snow or sleet, but they dislike cold and windy weather.
Advice of the Day
Try a paste of baking soda and witch hazel for poison ivy.
Home Hint of the Day
If you use masking tape to mask around woodwork, affix it on the day you are going to paint and remove it immediately after you finish. Dry masking tape can be hard to remove.
Word of the Day
The name is from the Sioux word meaning “sky-tinted water” or “cloudy water.”
Puzzle of the Day
What letter turns an animal into a covering?
C – ape
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- Mary Pickford (actress) – 1979
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- Luc Bourdon (hockey player) – 2008
- Harvey Korman (actor) – 2008
- Gavin MacLeod (actor) – 2021
- Patrick Henry (patriot) – 1736
- Ebenezer Butterick (inventor) – 1826
- Bob Hope (comedian) – 1903
- John F. Kennedy (35th U.S. president) – 1917
- Rupert Everett (actor) – 1959
- Melissa Etheridge (musician) – 1961
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- Rhode Island became the 13th U.S. state– 1790
- Wisconsin became the 30th U.S. state– 1848
- Canadian ocean liner Empress of Ireland sank in St. Lawrence River– 1914
- Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first men to reach the summit of Mt. Everest– 1953
- U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of state blue laws prohibiting commercial activity on Sunday– 1961
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