Discovery's greatest hits
In which we take a look at some of the greatest missions undertaken by Nasa's greatest Space Shuttle
Despite the Space Shuttle's many (many) failings, it remains something a bit special and totally unique.
It was designed to streak into heavens as a rocket (during which time it accelerates to 28,000km per hour) and then return back to Earth as a glider before touching down on a runway like a commercial airliner. It was one of the aircraft to use digital fly-by-wire technology (meaning that there is no direct mechanical or hydraulic connection between the pilot's control stick and the craft's control surfaces and thrusters).
Also, for any design geeks out there, the typeface used on the side of the orbiter is Helvetica!