This photo of the space shuttle Discovery on the launch pad was taken on October 25, 1998. Four days later, Discovery rocketed into orbit on a 9-day mission devoted to scientific experimentation. Aboard with six other astronauts was John Glenn, age 77, returning to space for the first time since his pioneering 1962 flight. The first American to orbit the Earth had also become the oldest person to ever go into space.
Discovery was named after a ship used by James Cook to explore the islands of the South Pacific in the 1700's.