- Realistic collectible model
- Diecast & plastic parts
- Highly detailed, movable components.
- Display stand included.
- Measures 7” L x 4.5” Wingspan
- Display model, recommended for adult hobbyists and collectors. 14 years and above.
The Space Shuttle was a partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as part of the Space Shuttle program. Its official program name was Space Transportation System (STS).
The first of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981, leading to operational flights beginning in 1982. In addition to the prototype whose completion was cancelled, five complete Shuttle systems were built and used on a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011, launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida.
Space Shuttle Discovery (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-103) was 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, gathering more spaceflights than any other spacecraft to date. The shuttle has three main components: the orbiter, a central fuel tank, and two 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 last mission, STS-133, on February 24, 2011 and touched down for the final time at Kennedy Space Center on March 9, having spent a cumulative total of almost a full year in space. Discovery performed both research and International Space Station (ISS) assembly missions. It also carried the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit. Discovery was the first operational shuttle to be retired, followed by Endeavour and then Atlantis.
Discovery was retired after completing its final mission STS-133 on March 9th 2011. The spacecraft is now on display in Virginia at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and annex of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.
This Hobby Master model is a replica of Space Shuttle Discovery. As with most Hobby Master models it features detailed exterior surfaces. The model has opening cargo bay doors which showcase a detailed cargo bay with robotic arm. Can be displayed with or without landing gear. A display stand is included
Great care should be taken when handling this model. This is a great addition to your collection.