Mission: Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM)
Primary Payload: 35th station flight (ULF5), EXPRESS Logistics Carrier 4 (ELC4), Permanent Multi-Purpose Module (PMM)
Space Shuttle: Discovery
Launch Pad: 39A
Launch Weight: 262,309 pounds
Launched: Feb. 24, 2011 at 4:53:24 p.m. EST
Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Landing: March 9, 2011 at 11:57:17 a.m. EST
Mission Duration: 12 days, 19 hours, 4 minutes, 50 seconds
Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles
Miles Traveled: 5.3 million
Steve Lindsey, Commander
Eric Boe, Pilot
Alvin Drew, Mission Specialist
Nicole Stott, Mission Specialist
Michael Barratt, Mission Specialist
Steve Bowen, Mission Specialist
The crew of STS-133 closed out space shuttle Discovery’s roster of accomplishments with a virtually flawless 13-day flight to attach a new module to the International Space Station and help the residents there outfit the orbiting laboratory for continued research. Commander Steve Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe and Mission Specialists Alvin Drew, Michael Barratt, Nicole Stott and Steve Bowen lifted off aboard Discovery on Feb. 24, 2011, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to begin Discovery’s pursuit of the station.
The crew completed two spacewalks, installed the Permanent Multipurpose Module to the space station and attached a platform carrying spare parts for the station. They also outfitted the new module for use by station residents and set up the orbiting laboratory for continued research.
The shuttle soared through mostly clear skies over Florida on Wednesday, March 9. Lindsey guided Discovery onto the runway at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 11:57 a.m. EST.
After the landing, reflection mixed with celebration at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida after space shuttle Discovery completed the last of its 39 missions into orbit. Lindsey and his crew walked beneath the shuttle with NASA officials including Administrator Charles Bolden.
“I am so glad we got to land here at Kennedy, the home of Discovery,” STS-133 Commander Steve Lindsey said. “As the minutes pass, I’m actually getting sadder and sadder about this being the last flight and I know all the folks involved with the shuttle program feel the same way.”
Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator of Space Operations, said the work was critical to set up the station and its crew for research. “I think (Discovery’s) legacy will be the future,” Gerstenmaier said.