NASA: Space Shuttle Discovery final flight on February 24

By on Feb 24, 2011 in Astronomy, United States Comments

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that its space shuttle Discovery will have its final flight on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 4:50 p.m. (EST), while America Space will start its live coverage as early as 9:30 a.m.

NASA: Space Shuttle Discovery
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According to NASA, the space shuttle Discovery STS-133 mission will take its final flight from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and will have an 11-day mission to the International Space Station.

As earlier reported, the launch of Discovery has been delayed since November last due to several reasons including hydrogen leak and weather related problems.

But during a recent meeting, NASA and contractor managers have assessed all the possible risks that may affect the flight and confirmed that the equipment needed and personnel are already ready.

“We’re ready to fly STS-133,” Discovery‘s mission management team Chief Mike Moses apparently told reporters on Thursday, noting that everything is on the right track.

“We’ve been ready from a mission standpoint for quite a while, and now the hardware is in line and ready to go.” Moses added.

“Discovery is a great ship – this is the 39th mission,” NASA‘s shuttle launch director Mike Leinbach was quoted as saying, adding that the ending of the 30-year program seems to be bittersweet for the group.

“It’s kind of bittersweet. It’s the end of a 30-year program.” Mr. Leinbach added.

Meanwhile, the six astronauts assigned for the mission will deliver the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM), which will be carrying Robonaut 2, the first human-like robot in space and will become a permanent resident of the station.

The STS-133 mission will be headed by Commander Steve Lindsey, along with Pilot Eric Boe and Mission Specialists including Michael Barratt, Steve Bowen, Alvin Drew and Nicole Stott.

Incidentally, Sony Playstation Home offers live video streaming of NASA Space Shuttle Discovery‘s last flight.



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