NASA Space Shuttle Discovery to make final return on Earth, astronauts listens to rock music

By on Mar 9, 2011 in Astronomy, Science, United States Comments

Updated: March 10, 2011 2:37 a.m.

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NASA’s space shuttle Discovery is set to make its final return to Earth on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, as astronauts on board listened to rock music before their landing.



NASA Space Shuttle Discovery crew
Photo Credit: NASA.gov

According to NASA, Discovery STS-133 is being scheduled to land back on Earth at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 11:57 am (EST) on Wednesday to complete the 13-day mission at the International Space Station.

If the landing time of Discovery STS-133 will be approved by NASA managers after evaluating the weather conditions, it will be spending a total of 365 days in space and had 39 flights traveling more than 148 million miles, since its first flight back in August 30, 1984.

Meanwhile, Discovery Commander Steve Lindsey and his five astronauts were awakened by a live performance from rock band Big Head Todd and the Monsters via Mission Control.

The 4-member rock band led by Todd Park Mohr sang ‘Blue Sky‘ live at around 2:23 am (CST) as a tribute to the success of the journey of Discovery STS-133, which was written by the band to honor the return Discovery STS-114 back in 2005.

Incidentally, the song was chosen via voting in NASA’s Top 40 song contest, and had 722,662 votes or 29 percent of all the votes, surpassing the ‘Star Trek Theme’ which had 671,133 votes or 27 percent of the total votes, with nearly 2.5 million votes cast.

These two songs were played along with the voice of ‘Star Trek’ actor William Shatner, which was heard by the astronauts while the space shuttle Discovery STS-133 was docked to the International Space Station.

Later, Commander Steve Lindsey and Todd Park Mohr had a short conversation, where the singer thanked the astronauts for their courage and wished them a safe landing.



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