Hobby Master 1-200 Space Shuttle
HL1405 Space Shuttle Discovery, OV-103, Oct. 29, 1998 with space lab interior ; operable bay doors ; robotic arm can be posed (SRMS)

The U.S. Space Shuttle program started with the awarding of the contract to Rockwell International's Space Transportation Systems Division. There were 6 shuttles built, Enterprise OV-101 (Orbital Vehicle) for testing, Columbia OV-102, Challenger OV-099, Discovery OV-103, Atlantis OV-104 and Endeavour OV-105. The first of 135 Space Shuttle missions took place April 12, 1981 and lasted 2 days 6 hours when STS-1 (Space Transportation System) was launched using Space Shuttle Columbia. Of the 135 mission launches there were 2 tragedies when Columbia and Challenger plus their crews were lost.

Space Shuttle Discovery made its first launch on August 30, 1984 and completed its final launch on February 24, 2011 after 39 trips to space. On October 29, 1998 Discovery OV-103 blasted off on one of the most notable shuttle missions, it carried ex-astronaut Senator John Glenn and the first Spanish astronaut Pedro Duque. The objectives were to launch and retrieve satellites as well study the effects of weightlessness on the human body. During the nine day mission they orbited earth 134 times and traveled 3.6 million miles.

April 19, 2012 Discovery was formally transferred to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum outside Washington, D.C. Dimensions
Space Shuttle – 184 ft (56.08 m)
Orbiter – 122 ft (37.18 m)
Height Orbiter On Runway – 57 ft (17.37 m)
Wingspan – 78 ft (23.77 m)
Empty (Rollout) - 151,419 lbs (68,682 kg)
Plus Main Engines - 171,000 lbs (77,564 kg)
Velocity – 17,321 mph (27,875 km/h)