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Shuttle Discovery’s Launch Date is Feb. 24
02.18.11
 
NASA managers have officially made Feb. 24 the launch date for space shuttle Discovery on STS-133. The announcement came at the conclusion of the Flight Readiness Review, or FRR, a meeting held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to assess preparations for flight.

Discovery will carry crew members Commander Steve Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe and Mission Specialists Alvin Drew, Michael Barratt, Steve Bowen and Nicole Stott. Among the payload they’ll deliver to the International Space Station is Robonaut 2, the first robot in space.

STS-133 will be the 35th shuttle mission to the International Space Station, and Discovery’s final flight. Discovery is slated to launch on Feb. 24 at 4:50 p.m. Eastern.

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Bill Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, Space Operations

Clip 1 (0:23): "We had a really thorough review today. We set the 24th at 4:50 p.m. for the launch of Discovery. We had a good discussion about how all that goes with the ATV and it's docking and ATV is continuing to do very well on orbit. They did a collision avoidance maneuver check-out today and that went extremely well."
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Mike Moses, Shuttle Launch Integration Mgr.

Clip 2 (0:23): "The amount of effort and work that went into this is really truly amazing. And then you couple that it's at the end of the program and we're done building tanks and we've effectively almost all but turned out the lights at that MAF facility; to have this type of failure come in that requires a whole lot of test and analysis -- is a real testament to the dedication and loyalty of those folks to step up and really come out."
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Mike Leinbach, Shuttle Launch Director

Clip 3 (0:05): "Everything's going really, really well. Looking forward to the countdown starting Monday and a liftoff next Thursday. Thanks."
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