Tomorrow NASA’s Discovery, Orbiter Vehicle 103, is scheduled to depart the Space Coast of Florida for the final time. However, on this flight there will not be any countdowns or rockets blasting. She will be mated to the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) and flown to Washington, DC to become a museum piece at the Smithsonian. Like the other shuttles heading for their new homes she represents a significant period of our manned spaceflight history in the United States and has served her country well.
Discovery also holds a special place in my thoughts because I have a 3” x 5” US Flag and an STS-131 Mission Patch in my US Navy Retirement Sea Chest. These items flew on Discovery during STS-131 in April of 2010 and it was thanks to my wife’s ingenuity that that happened. They are very special treasures to have of the Shuttle Program.
Anyway, as a tribute to Discovery I perused the NASA photo archives and put together a final theme of Discovery in various phases of her service. This theme is available for download in three variations – one for Windows 7, one for Windows 8 and one collection of all the wallpapers in a zipped package. That zipped package can be installed on any computer to use the photos as wallpapers.
I hope you enjoy the theme.
Space Shuttle Discovery Tribute Theme