2:30 a.m. CST Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
STS-133 MCC Status Report #24
HOUSTON – The STS-133 crew received another special wakeup call on Tuesday, as they began what is scheduled to be space shuttle Discovery’s last full day in space.
The wakeup call at 2:23 a.m. was “Blue Sky” by Big Head Todd and the Monsters. The song was performed live by Todd Park Mohr, vocalist and lead guitarist of the band, accompanied by fellow band mates Brian Nevin, Rob Squires and Jeremy Lawton.
The song received the most votes in NASA’s Top 40 song contest receiving 722,662 votes (29 percent of the 2,463,774 total). It was originally written as a tribute to the space program and workforce, and is routinely played in concert by the four-member band.
The live performance was the first time a shuttle crew has been awakened “live” from Mission Control, Houston.
The song that received the second most votes in the contest was played Monday morning. The “Theme from Star Trek” with a special introduction by William Shatner received 671,134 votes (27 percent of the total).
The rest of the crew’s day will be spent primarily on preparations for Wednesday’s landing, which is scheduled for 10:57 a.m. at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Commander Steve Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe and Mission Specialist Nicole Stott will be performing a checkout of Discovery’s flight control systems and firing its reaction control system jets. All members of the crew will work together to stow hardware and equipment.
The crew will also come together at 10:23 a.m. to talk with ABC News, CBS News and The Associated Press. And at 11:08 a.m., they’re scheduled to send down a message paying tribute to Discovery and the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Program.
The next status report will be issued at the end of the crew’s day or earlier if necessary. The crew is scheduled to begin their sleep period at 6:23 p.m.
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