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October 28, 2010

Shuttle Discovery Launch

The last planned flight of Space Shuttle Discovery is on schedule for launch Monday, Nov. 1, 2010 at 4:40 PM EDT. The crew of six will deliver and install the final U.S. pressurized module to the ISS, as well as a spare radiator panel and other supplies.

All of the astronauts have flown before: Commander Steve Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe, and Mission Specialists Nicole Stott (the only woman), Michael Barratt, and spacewalkers Tim Kopra and Alvin Drew.

If the launch is on time, Discovery will dock with the ISS on Wednesday just after 1 PM EDT. The first spacewalk is planned for Friday, beginning around 10:30 AM in the morning. That spacewalk will attach the new module to Unity (the module that connects the American and Russian "sides") on the Earth-facing (nadir) port.

Sure to merit some media attention is the delivery of a human-torso robot, Robonaut, being nicknamed R2. We'll have to see if he shows up in any group photos of the crew.

The launch window remains open through Sunday, and then closes until December.

NSS members attending the launch and following the flight are encouraged to visit our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/NSS.

To the stars,
Marianne Dyson
NSS Advisor

Posted by m_dyson at 04:42 PM

 

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