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Astronauts Visit NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility Employees
04.01.10
 
STS-133 Mission Specialist Timothy Kopra talks with MAF employees while enjoying some Louisiana crawfish. Kopra and the STS-133 crew visited MAF Mar. 22 to meet with employees and tour the plant.

STS-133 Mission Specialist Timothy Kopra talks with MAF employees while enjoying some Louisiana crawfish. Kopra and the STS-133 crew visited MAF Mar. 22 to meet with employees and tour the plant. Image credit: Jacobs
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The crews of STS-130 and STS-133 visited Michoud Assembly Facility over a four-day span in March. Four members of the STS-130 crew held a general assembly Mar. 25 in the factory to thank external tank workers and outline their mission to the International Space Station.

The crew of STS-130 delivered a third connecting module -- the Tranquility node -- to the station and a seven-windowed cupola to be used as a control room for robotics. The mission featured three spacewalks. STS-130 was the 32nd shuttle mission to the station.

The STS-133 crew, the last scheduled team of astronauts scheduled to fly on the space shuttle in September, ate crawfish with MAF workers Mar. 22. Astronaut Nicole Stott said she enjoyed her first taste of crawfish and the visit with contractors who built the external tanks.

The STS-133 crew also toured the factory floor and viewed ET-138, the last external tank scheduled to be build at Michoud.