NASA Space Shuttle Discovery last flight launched (Video)

By on Feb 26, 2011 in Astronomy, Events, United States Comments

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched space shuttle Discovery’s last flight on Thursday, February 24, 2011, as shown on the video below.

NASA Space Shuttle Discovery last flight
Photo credit: Getty Images

According to NASA, Discovery was lifted off at 4:53 p.m (EST) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with Commander Steve Lindsey leading the STS-133 mission.

Along with him are Pilot Eric Boe and Mission Specialists Michael Barratt, Alvin Drew, Nicole Stott, and Steve Bowen, replacing Timothy Kopra who was hurt last month in a bicycle accident.

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

As reported on US news sites, nearly 40,000 people have witnessed the history unfolding in Florida as Discovery makes its 39th and final flight, including Florida’s new governor Rick Scott and a small delegation from the US Congress.

Meanwhile, other watched the launched via NASA TV channel and video live streaming through Sony Playstation.

Discovery’s last flight has been delayed since late last year due to various technical problems, and another one seemed to be threatening again during the last minute but was immediately fixed.

During the last minutes of countdown, Commander Lindsey thanked everyone for all the support leading the success of Discovery.

Discovery is noted as the world’s most traveled spacecraft, has traveled about 143 million miles since its first launch in 1984, and is now on its 11-day mission to the International Space Station.

NASA Space Shuttle Discovery last flight
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