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January 1, 1996
Shuttle Engine Blast
The Space Shuttle Discovery's orbital maneuvering system (OMS)
firing produced this dramatic flare as it cruised "upside down"
in low Earth orbit.
Discovery was named for a ship commanded by
James Cook RN, the 18th Century
English astronomer and navigator.
voyages of discovery established new standards
in scientific exploration and brought extensive knowledge of
the unknown Pacific regions, including Australia, New Zealand, and the
Hawaiian Island archipelago to Europeans.
fleet will begin a new year of operation on January 11, with the
planned launch of the shuttle Endeavour
Also named after one of Cook's ships, Endeavor
is the latest addition to the
Tomorrow's picture: The X-Ray Sky
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