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February 23, 2011

Following Discovery, STS-133

Space Shuttle Discovery is on schedule to launch Thursday at 4:50 PM EST.

Besides being the last flight of this orbiter, what do you need to know about this flight?

The Crew

The STS-133 crew members are Commander Steven Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe and Mission Specialists Alvin Drew, Michael Barratt, Steve Bowen and Nicole Stott. Bowen replaced astronaut Tim Kopra, who was injured in a bicycle accident in January.

The Cargo

Discovery will deliver and install the Permanent Multipurpose Module (Leonardo), the Express Logistics Carrier 4 and provide critical spare components to the International Space Station (ISS), and Robonaut2 (dubbed "R2").

The Highlights

The first spacewalk, with Bowen and Drew, will be on Flight Day 5, Monday from around 11:20 AM to 5:15 PM. They’ll be installing some cable between Unity and Tranquility, moving a broken ammonia pump, and some guides on the truss.

Tuesday they'll be moving the Leonardo to its new home on the Earth-facing side of Unity.

Wednesday is the second spacewalk with Drew and Bowen. They'll be working outside Columbus and with the Dextre arm on the truss. They will also "fill" a bottle with "space" for an educational Japanese museum exhibit.

Thursday is a PAO event at 10:10 AM. Watch for R2 to steal the show.

Friday the hatches close. Saturday (March 5) the shuttle leaves.

Flight Following

Follow Nicole Stott and R2 on Twitter: @Astro_Nicole and @AstroRobonaut.

Please visit NSS’s Facebook page and share your comments about the flight.

Detailed timeline posted on Bill Harwood's CBS News page:

The Landing

If launch is on Thursday, February 24, 2011, landing will be 11 days later on Monday March 7, 2011 at 12:44 PM EST at Kennedy Space Center.

Don’t forget, NSS Blitz on Congress is Monday and Tuesday!

To the stars,

Marianne Dyson
NSS Advisor

Posted by m_dyson at 01:17 AM


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