Space Shuttle Discovery: the final frontier

Every morning the astronauts onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery wakes up to a selected music. Mostly by their friends and families.

Today, Monday, they had a little surprise: NASA broadcasted the music from the unforgettable since fiction movie Star Trek with William Shatner’s voice recorded especially for the last mission of the Discovery.


The discovery is up there making final preparation for its final landing back on Earth. Two more flights are left for the shuttle program: Endeavour in April and Atlantis in May.

This will end a time period of forty years of The Space Shuttle Program.

Six orbiters were built: Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour.

Challenger was lost during takeoff on January 28 1986 and Columbia was lost during reentry on February 1st 2003.


This is not the first time Star Trek and the Shuttle Space Program are crossing each other’s way. The first Shuttle, back in the eighties, was originally named Constitution. A massive post campaign aimed at President Ronald Reagan by the fans of the Star Trek series, changed his mind and the name was changed to Enterprise.

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