STS-133 Mission Information

    S133-E-008686: STS-133 crew Image above: The STS-133 crew members are (clockwise, from upper left) Mission Specialists Alvin Drew, Nicole Stott, Steve Bowen and Michael Barratt, Commander Steve Lindsey and Pilot Eric Boe. Photo credit: NASA

    STS-133 Commander Steve Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe and Mission Specialists Alvin Drew, Steve Bowen, Michael Barratt and Nicole Stott delivered a new module and an external stowage platform to the International Space Station as well as equipment and supplies. During space shuttle Discovery’s almost nine days at the station, Bowen and Drew performed two spacewalks for maintenance work and installation of new components.

    Discovery’s visit to the station was extended by two days so its crew could help outfit the Permanent Multipurpose Module Leonardo that it delivered. Leonardo had visited the station seven times before as a cargo carrier before being refurbished to serve as a permanent 2,472-cubic-foot addition to the orbiting laboratory. Among the 6,000 pounds of Leonardo cargo was Robonaut 2, a human upper torso-like robot that could be a precursor of devices to help during spacewalks. About 2,000 pounds of additional cargo for the station was carried on the shuttle’s middeck.

    This was the 35th shuttle mission to the station and the final flight of Discovery.

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    The STS-133 Crew

    Meet the astronauts of the STS-133 mission aboard space shuttle Discovery.

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    STS-133: Final Flight of Discovery

    Workhorse, ambassador, scientist and equal opportunity emissary. Space shuttle Discovery has fulfilled all those roles over the course of its 352 days in space, thus far.

STS-133 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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Discovering Discovery's Payloads for STS-133

Burning droplet from the Droplet Combustion Experiment

Space shuttle Discovery carries not only the STS-133 crewmembers, but also some fascinating research and technology.

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Leonardo: Frequently Visited ISS Soon to Be Home

Leonardo Multipurpose Logistics Module

The new Permanent Multipurpose Module Leonardo should know its way around the International Space Station as it marks its eighth and final visit to the orbiting laboratory.

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Managers Confident About Tank Fixes

The shuttle in the Vehicle Assembly Building

Space shutttle Discovery's external tank is undergoing modifications to strengthen its support stringers.

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     STS-133 mission patch
    4:53:24 p.m. EST - Feb. 24, 2011
    11:57:17 a.m. EST - March 9, 2011
    Mission Number:
    (133rd space shuttle flight)
    Launch Window:
    10 minutes
    Launch Pad:
    Mission Duration:
    12 days, 19 hours, 4 minutes and 50 seconds
    Landing Site:
    51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles
    Primary Payload:
    35th station flight (ULF5), EXPRESS Logistics Carrier 4 (ELC4), Permanent Multi-Purpose Module (PMM)

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STS-133 Multimedia

  • STS-133 Imagery

    STS-133 Multimedia

    View images and videos of Discovery's final flight into space.

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    R2 to Join Space Station Crew

    NASA will launch the first human-like robot to space this year to become a permanent resident of the International Space Station.

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