Retired by NASA, he's being dumped at the Smithsonian Institute in Wash., D. C., and he's not at all happy about it.
In a special "after-hours" (that's when the space shuttles have a magical ability to talk, an ability limited to about eight hours a day) interview last week with a Spoof reporter, Discovery expressed dismay, disgust, and disappointment at his treatment.
"After all that intergalactic travel and work, 27 years of it, I'm just being shipped off to a museum," Discovery said. "I've soared to the heavens and back many times, and now they think they can stick me in a museum for the rest of my days. Dullsville man, dullsville."
Discovery complained that he didn't even receive a gold watch. "Just my shipping out orders," he said with a sob. "Y'know, comedian Rodney Dangerfield wasn't the only one to get no respect."
When he mentioned Rodney Dangerfield, though, Discovery's mood changed and his eyes lit up. He told the reporter that, since his new home would be in Wash, DC, and he wasn't ready for retirement, he had decided to pursue politics as a second career. "I got the idea," Discovery confided, "when I remembered what Rodney Dangerfield once said: I get no respect. The way my luck is running, if I was a politician I would be honest."
A politician who is honest and can't talk that much? Eureka!
You can take this prediction to the bank. As soon as he blasts off in his new career, Discovery will once again soar.