NASA’s final space shuttle mission ended recently when Atlantis rolled to a stop at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the 21st of July 2011.
The American space agency’s space shuttle lifted off on the 12th of April 1981 with launch of Columbia, and continued with Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour.
The shuttles were the first reusable spacecraft and they repeatedly carried people into orbit, launched, recovered and repaired satellites, conducted cutting-edge research and built the largest structure in space, the International Space Station.
NASA has no confirmed replacement for the shuttle program, so it’s a good time to take stock and appreciate the genius of the space shuttle.
And what better way to start than with photographer Jook Leung’s jaw-dropping 360-degree spherical images of the Discovery cockpit on 360vr.com.
Discovery was operational from its maiden flight on August 30, 1984 until its final landing during on March this year. It flew more missions than any other shuttle and was used to launch the Hubble Space Telescope.
Jeung’s panoramic tour lets us literally discover all the goodies packed into the ‘glass’ cockpit – the Multifunction Electronic Display System (MEDS) - with its the easy to read, graphic portrayals of key flight indicators which replaced scores of outdated electromechanical cockpit instruments and gauges at the turn of the millennium beginning.
But as brilliant as this interactive panoramic photo is, it is a shame it won’t actually let us push any of the buttons!
To take a 360° voyage of discovery in cockpit of the Discovery, please click 360vr.com/2011/06/22-discovery-flight-deck