Space Shuttle Discovery is ready to launch. The scheduled to launch date is Thursday, February, 24, 2011 at 4:50 p.m. EST.
The STS-133 mission will transport the Permanent Multipurpose Module Leonardo, the third of four ExPRESS Logistics Carriers and carry Robonaut 2 to the International Space Station. The mission will be the 39th and the 133rd flight of the Space Shuttle program.
The mission duration will be 11 days. On its return the Space Shuttle is scheduled to land on a runway at Kennedy Space Center.
During space shuttle Discovery's final spaceflight, the STS-133 crew members will take important spare parts to the International Space Station along with the Express Logistics Carrier-4.
The STS-133 crew members are Commander Steven Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe and Mission Specialists Alvin Drew, Michael Barratt, Steve Bowen and Nicole Stott.
Steve Bowen replaced Tim Kopra as Mission Specialist 2 following a bicycle injury on Jan. 15 that prohibited Kopra from supporting the launch window. Bowen last flew on Atlantis in May 2010 as part of the STS-132 crew. Flying on the STS-133 mission will make Bowen the first astronaut ever to fly on consecutive missions.
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