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    Mission: STS-133
    Space Shuttle: Discovery
    Primary Payload: Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM)
    Launch Date: Feb. 24
    Launch Time: 4:53:24 p.m. EST
    Launch Pad: 39A
    Landing: March 9, 2011
    Landing Time: 11:57 a.m. EST
    Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
    Mission Duration: 13 days
    Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

    Space shuttle Discovery lifts off.

    Image above: Space shuttle Discovery lifted off Feb. 24, 2011, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center to begin its final mission. Image credit: NASA
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    Space shuttle Discovery touches down.

    Image above: Space shuttle Discovery lands at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on March 9, 2011, bringing to a close 27 years of spaceflight for the agency's oldest active orbiter. Image credit: NASA
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    Discovery Posts Flawless Flight
    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.

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Shuttle Features

Discovery Makes Last Mission a Flight to Remember

Space shuttle Discovery lifts off.

The crew of STS-133 flew Discovery to the International Space Station to deliver new module, supplies.

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Legendary Fire Trainer Retires After 42 Years

George Hoggard teaches astronauts to drive M113

George Hoggard trained Apollo, shuttle astronauts for emergencies.

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Tanking Test Evaluates Stringers, GUCP

Wires and sensors on Discovery's tank.

Teams filled Discovery's external fuel tank with super-cold propellants to analyze stress on stringers.

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Shuttle's Cargo Celebrates Discovery's History

The STS-133 mission patch.

The crew of STS-133 is taking along dozens of items to mark the last space voyage of Discovery.

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Technicians Use Scanners to Survey External Tank

A technician examines a cracked stringer.

A pair of scanning technologies are being used to peer through space shuttle Discovery's external tank.

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Star Wars Meets UPS as Robonaut Packed for Space


Engineers at NASA's Kennedy and Johnson space centers have drawn up plans to get Robonaut into space safely.

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STS-133 Mission Stats

    Mission Elapsed Time:
    12 days, 19 hours, 3 minutes, 53 seconds

    Total Miles Traveled:
    more than 5.3 million

    Official Landing Times
    Main gear touchdown:
    11:57:17 a.m. EST
    Nose gear touchdown:
    11:57:28 a.m. EST
    Wheels stop:
    11:58:14 a.m. EST

Launch and Landing Coverage

Mission Extras

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