This is the first book to cover specifically the history of the space shuttle Discovery, the most storied orbiter in the fleet. No other book has dealt with this subject. It is a very straight forward narrative history of the most storied orbiter in the Space Shuttle fleet. Written with a minimum of technical jargon, it puts the reader on Discovery's flight deck during some of the most important missions of the Space Shuttle era from satellite retrieval, to deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope, to construction of the International Space Station, and the Return to Flight after two tragic losses. The reader will gain knowledge on the history of the Space Shuttle program in general and the shuttle Discovery in particular. You can experience the thrill of space flight from the accounts of those who have been there while flying on Discovery. You can discover the amount of research and scientific discoveries conducted by the Discovery and her crews.