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NASA Briefings Preview Final Flight of Space Shuttle Discovery
10.21.10
 
STS-133, the next to last scheduled space shuttle and the final flight of orbiter Discovery, was previewed in a series of news briefings held Thursday, Oct. 21, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Discovery is targeted to launch Nov. 1 on the 11-day STS-133 mission to the International Space Station. The shuttle will deliver the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM), which was converted from the multi-purpose logistics module Leonardo. The PMM will provide additional storage for the station crew, and experiments may be conducted inside it. Discovery also will carry critical spare components and the Express Logistics Carrier 4, an external platform that holds large equipment that can only be transported using the unique capability of the shuttle. Robonaut 2, or R2, will be the first human-like robot in space when it flies on Discovery inside the PMM to become a permanent resident of the station.

Astronaut Steve Lindsey will command Discovery. Eric Boe is the pilot. They will be joined by Mission Specialists Alvin Drew, Tim Kopra, Michael Barratt and Nicole Stott. Kopra and Drew are scheduled to perform two spacewalks to do maintenance work and install new components.

Center Contact: Rob Navias, 281-483-5111
HQ Contact: John Yembrick, 202-358-1100
For more information: www.nasa.gov/station and www.nasa.gov/shuttle


John Shannon
Space Shuttle Program Manager
Johnson Space Flight Center

Cut 1 - 00:12 -We had a very small leak in the plumbing in a flange fitting, and the team has been working that very hard over the past week, we did some troubleshooting and it looked like the leak stopped.”
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John Shannon
Space Shuttle Program Manager
Johnson Space Flight Center

Cut 2 - 00:21 -“It’s a very proud group and that really shows in the focus that they put into reconfiguring these vehicles and getting ready for flight and the just tremendous amount of pride that they have in the successful missions we’ve had over the last several years.  And we are prepared to ascent Discovery out on a very high note.”
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Dan Hartman
Integration and Mission Operations manager
International Space Station Program

Cut 3 - 00:16 - “Our Permanent Multipurpose Module, it's Leonardo, FM-1, commonly called the MPLM.  We've upgraded it and have it ready for its long duration stay on station.  It'll be our final module that we bring up to the International Space Station.” 
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