July 14, 2010
Old Soldiers Never Die. They Just Orbit Away

NASA has officially retired its very first data relay satellite. Launched in 1983, the TDSR-1 (tidsir?) dutifully relayed signals from shuttles, space stations, and various space probes throughout its long career. Its orbital altitude is such that it seems destined not to burn up in the atmosphere, but instead to while away the years parked twenty-two thousand miles up in the sky.

Posted by scott at July 14, 2010 06:56 AM

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Launched by Challenger on her maiden voyage. Awesome! The space.com article messed up the acronym in the third-to-last paragraph. It is actually TDRS-1 (tee-drus).

Posted by: Ron_in_CO on July 14, 2010 09:10 PM
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