Space Shuttle Makes History [VIDEO]
I’ve always been intrigued by the space shuttle, it’s one thing to watch the launch from the ground, but what does it look like if your in a passenger in a jet airliner and your already above the clouds?
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When NASA’s shuttle Discovery arrived at the International Space Station Saturday it made some space history: It marked the first time ever that spaceships from four different space agencies were docked together at the same time. The historic moment occurred at 2:16pm EST when Discovery arrived at a docking port on NASA’s Harmony module, a multi-port hub on the space station. The shuttle joined two Russian Soyuz space capsules and three robotic space freighters from Europe, Japan and Russia that were also docked to the orbiting lab.
With Discovery’s arrival, the space station’s mass jumped to 1.2 million pounds. It’s as long as a football field, making it the largest man-made structure in space. The station is so large that on clear nights it can easily be seen with the unaided eye if you know where to look, and sometimes even rivals the planet Venus in brightness.
So before you go to bed tonight look to the night sky and that bright object you see could very well be the space shuttle Discovery. Beam me up Scotty!!!
(Video courtesy of: youtube)