The patch represents the red, white and blue, stars and stripes motif of the United States of America. The flag patch celebrates the Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103)
The fully embroidered patch measures approx 100 mm x 50 mm (4" x 2")
Discovery was NASA's third space shuttle orbiter to join the fleet at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Discovery also is known inside the space agency by its designation Orbiter Vehicle-103, or OV-103.
Discovery was the first space shuttle retired from NASA's fleet in 2011.
The spacecraft will be transported to theUdvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Va., near Washington, D.C., in 2012 to be put on permanent public display.
Construction of Discovery began on Aug. 27, 1979 and was completed four years later.
Discovery rolled out of the assembly plant building in Palmdale, Calif., in October 1983 and first launched Aug. 30, 1984.
When first flown, Discovery became the third operational orbiter, and it currently is the oldest in service.
It was named after two historic, Earth-bound exploring ships of the past. One was a vessel used by Henry Hudson in the early 1600s to explore the Hudson Bay and search for a northwest passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
The other was one of two ships used by the British explorer James Cook in the 1770s. Cook's voyages in the South Pacific led to the discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. Another of his ships was the Endeavour, the namesake of NASA’s newest shuttle.
Discovery has had many notable flights and was the Return to Flight shuttle following the Challenger and Columbia accidents.
KEY DISCOVERY MISSIONS
STS-41D - Maiden Flight
STS-26 - Return to Flight after Challenger accident
STS-31 – Launch of Hubble Space Telescope
STS-60 – First flight of a Russian cosmonaut on a shuttle
STS-63 – First Mir rendezvous; first female pilot
STS-70 – First on-orbit shift in new Mission Control Center
STS-82 – Highest altitude known for a shuttle flight
STS-91 – Final shuttle-Mir docking
STS-95 – Flight to return John Glenn to orbit as oldest human to fly in space
STS-92 – Installation of the Z1 Integrated Truss Structure and PMA-3 to the International Space Station
STS-102 – First ISS crew rotation
STS-114 – Return to Flight after Columbia accident
STS-116 – P5 Truss installed
STS-124 – Delivery of Japan’s Kibo Laboratory to ISS
STS-119 – Completed ISS Integrated Truss Segment
STS-128 – Final use of the shuttle for full ISS crew rotation
STS-131: Longest mission for Discovery, 15 days
STS-133: Final mission
THE NUMBERS Total miles traveled: 148,221,675
Total time in space: 365 days
Total orbits: 5,830
Total flights: 39
Total crew members: 252
Mir dockings: 1
International Space Station dockings: 13
Pounds of hardware to the space station – 31,459