As Discovery thundered into the late afternoon sky on February 24th, 2011 for its final voyage into space, Master Photographer Rodney Lough Jr. was there to capture this incredible moment in history. Rodney is widely know for his landscape photography but was invited as a fresh set of eyes to the final launch of the Discovery because his artistic mastery outside of his traditional realm is simply beyond comparison.
Flight STS-133 was Discovery's 39th launch, and the 133rd launch of the shuttle mission program. Discovery has traveled more miles, made more earth orbits, carried more crew, and logged more time in space than any other in the history of NASA's 30 year shuttle program. Among it many missions, Discovery deployed the Hubble telescope, which has changed the way we look at the universe. Discovery will never launch again.
The race to space that fueled America's national pride and optimism in the 1960s is passing into history, as NASA now retires the shuttle fleet. On April 19th, 2012 Discovery will be officially transferred by NASA into the Smithsonian's collection.
With the retirement of Discovery, Rodney Lough Jr. has agreed that these spectacular photographs of Discovery's farewell flight are too important not to share with collectors and space enthusiasts worldwide.
Each poster is printed on archival paper with premium inks, and is hand cut.
Don't miss this opportunity to share these final moments in Discovery's epic history!