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Discovery One
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Discovery deploying a pod

Affiliation

USA

Registry

XD-1

Propulsion

Cavradyne Plasma Propulsion Engines

Mass

5,440 tonnes

Length

141.1 m

Width

16.7 m

Height

17 m

Crew

David Bowman; Frank Poole; Victor Kaminsky; Jack Kimball; Charles Hunter

'Discovery 1', more often referred to as just 'Discovery', was a manned American spacecraft to Jupiter. The mission was to be a one-way trip; the crew would be picked up after the mission by a sister ship, Discovery 2, which was never completed due to the deaths of all but one of the crew of Discovery One. The only survivor, David Bowman, disappeared into the Jupiter Monolith shortly after arrival at Jupiter.

Discovery One was named after Captain Robert Scott's ship, Discovery, launched in 1901.

Description Edit

Discovery is 140 m long, and propelled by a nuclear-powered magnetoplasmadynamic drive. 80 m of structure separate the reactor from the spherical crew habitation module, which consists of a pod bay, a centrifuge (which generated about one-sixth g), and the control deck, and also the onboard HAL 9000 computer's logistics and memory center, which is off-limits to the crew (however, Bowman enters it to shut off Hal, regardless).

Originally, the mission was to simply observe and study Mars. However, the craft was repurposed to investigate the mysterious radio signal sent by the Tycho Monolith to Jupiter.

The crew of Discovery consisted of five men, but three of them (Hunter, Kimball and Kaminsky) were put into cryogenic hibernation before departure from Earth. This was done not only to achieve maximum life support capability, but to ensure their silence, as they were the only three on board, other than Hal, who knew the true purpose of the mission.

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Discovery-interior

Frank Poole jogging in Discovery's centrifuge.

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