For other uses, see Discovery.

The Discovery (OV-103) was a space shuttle operated by the United States of America's NASA space agency in the 20th century.


Disovery was used to undertake a study of the hole in the ozone layer over Earth's south pole. This study led to the employment of Wilson Evergreen. (TOS novel: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 1)

On 29 October in the year 1998, Discovery was launched from pad B of Launch Complex 39 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, for mission STS-95. The mission was commanded by Curtis L. Brown, Jr, and was Discovery's sixth launch. The shuttle was piloted by Steven W. Lindsey, with other crewmembers consisting of mission specialists Pedro Duque, Scott E. Parazynski, and Stephen K. Robinson, and payload specialists John Glenn and Chiaki Mukai.

Discovery's mission STS-95 included testing the Hubble Space Telescope orbital systems, and Spartan 201-5 free-flyer payload deployment and retrieval. Scientific experiments included studying the effects of space travel on the aging process, specifically on astronaut John Glenn. Other science packages on board were SPACEHAB and the International Extreme Ultraviolet Hitchhiker. The mission lasted nearly nine days, with Discovery touching down on 7 November. (Star Trek Magazine Issue 162: "Blast Off! Spaceflight Chronology")


In April 2063, a large image of Discovery's STS-33 mission patch was displayed in the Crash & Burn bar in Bozeman, Montana. (TNG movie: Star Trek: First Contact)

In the 2140s, mission patches from STS-26, STS-39, and STS-96 were displayed in the 602 Club in Mill Valley. (ENT episode: "First Flight")



Ships named Discovery
United States of America Discovery (OV-103, space shuttle) USA52stars
United Earth, Earth Starfleet Discovery (NX-04, NX-class)USS Discovery (NCC-100, Discovery-class) Seal of United Earth United Earth Starfleet Emblem
Federation, Starfleet USS Discovery (Daedalus-class)USS Discovery (NCC-1031, Crossfield-class)USS Discovery (NCC-1798, Constitution-class)USS Discovery (NCC-3006, Royal Sovereign-class)USS Discovery (NCC-62049, Nebula-class)USS Discovery (NCC-52333, Steamrunner-class) UFP seal Starfleet Command logo
Terran Empire (mirror universes) ISS Discovery (NCC-1031, Crossfield-class) Flag of the Terran Empire
United States space shuttles
United States of America Enterprise (OV-101)Columbia (OV-102)Challenger (OV-099)Discovery (OV-103)Atlantis (OV-104)Endeavour (OV-105)Icarus (prototype)Renaissance (prototype) USA52stars
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  • Discovery was the fourth shuttle built, and was first launched on 30 August 1984.
  • Footage from the launch of Discovery's STS-95 mission was used in the opening credits of Star Trek: Enterprise.

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