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STS-133 Discovery (OV-103)
Primary Payload: ELC4 / PMM
Launch Date: February 24, 2011
Launch Time: 4:53:24 p.m. EST
Mission Duration: 11 days
Inclination/Altitude: 51.6°/122nm

[RTF-1]-STS-114 Discovery • [RTF-2]-STS-121 Discovery
[01]-STS-115 Atlantis • [02]-STS-116 Discovery • [03]-STS-117 Atlantis
[04]-STS-118 Endeavour • [05]-STS-120 Discovery • [06]-STS-122 Atlantis
[07]-STS-123 Endeavour • [08]-STS-124 Discovery • [09]-STS-126 Endeavour
[10]-STS-119 Discovery • [11]-STS-125 Atlantis • [12]-STS-127 Endeavour
[13]-STS-128 Discovery • [14]-STS-129 Atlantis • [15]-STS-130 Endeavour
[16]-STS-131 Discovery • [17]-STS-132 Atlantis • [18]-STS-133 Discovery
[19]-STS-134 Endeavour • [20]-STS-135 Atlantis
[21]-STS-136 • [22]-STS-137 • [23]-STS-138 • [24]-STS-139
[25]-STS-140 • [26]-STS-141 • [27]-STS-142 • [28]-STS-143
[29]-STS-144 • [30]-STS-145 • [31]-STS-146 • [32]-STS-147
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After 26 Years, Workhorse Discovery Stands Ready for Final Mission :: For over 29 years engineers, space enthusiasts, and people around the world have marveled at the technological and scientific achievement that is the Space Shuttle fleet. During this time, the most complex machines ever built have proven themselves invaluable in transforming mankind’s understanding of planet Earth and the space beyond. And for 26 of those 29 years, Orbiter Discovery has stood as the rock of the Space Shuttle Program.

Discovery (STS-133 / ULF5) delivers the Express Logistics Carrier 4 (ELC4), a Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MLPM) and critical spare components to the International Space Station.

NASA Assigns Crew for Final Scheduled Space Shuttle Mission :: Sept. 18, 2009 :: WASHINGTON -- NASA has assigned the crew for the last scheduled space shuttle mission, which is targeted to launch 01-Nov-2010 @ 4:40 p.m. EDT. The flight to the International Space Station will carry a pressurized logistics module to the station. Veteran shuttle commander and retired Air Force Col. Steven W. Lindsey (1995/15:STS-121) will command the eleven-day mission, designated STS-133. Air Force Col. Eric A. Boe (2000/18:STS-126) will serve as the pilot; it will be his second flight as a shuttle pilot. Mission Specialists are shuttle mission veteran Air Force Col. Benjamin Alvin Drew, Jr. (2000/18:STS-118/STS-123 CAPCOM), and long-duration spaceflight veterans Michael R. Barratt (2000/18:Soyuz TMA-14/Exp-19/Exp-20), Army Col. Timothy L. Kopra (2000/18:STS-127/Exp-20/STS-128) and Nicole P. Stott (2000/18:STS-128/Exp-20/Exp-21/STS-129).

Last Two Shuttle Missions Planned Changes :: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 04:17:18 PM PDT :: NASA is planning to make some changes to the target launch dates for the last two scheduled space shuttle flights. Scientists with the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, or AMS, program recently decided to change out the current magnet in the particle physics experiment module that will be attached to the International Space Station to a longer lasting one. This will take advantage of NASA’s plan to extend station operations until at least 2020. Because of the magnet change, space shuttle Endeavour’s STS-134 mission, which will carry the AMS experiment to the station and was targeted to launch July 29, now is expected to launch no earlier than mid-November 2010. An exact target launch date still is TBD. AMS is designed to help study the formation of the universe and search for evidence of dark matter and antimatter by measuring cosmic rays. Space shuttle Discovery’s STS-133 mission currently remains targeted for its Sept. 16 launch date, but managers will continue to assess its readiness for flight and make changes as appropriate. [+]

NASA Updates Shuttle Target Launch Dates For Final Two Flights :: July 01, 2010 :: WASHINGTON -- NASA is targeting approximately 4:40 p.m. EDT on Nov. 1 for the launch of space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 mission and 4:04 p.m. EST on Feb. 26, 2011, for the liftoff of shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 flight from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The target dates were adjusted because critical payload hardware for STS-133 will not be ready in time to support the previously planned Sept. 16 launch. With STS-133 moving to November, STS-134 cannot fly as planned, so the next available launch window is in February 2011. NASA will schedule the official launch date for each mission following the agency's Flight Readiness Reviews, which typically occur about two weeks prior to launches. All target launch dates are subject to change.

NASA to Host Tweetup at Space Shuttle Launch in Florida :: NASA will host a two-day Tweetup for 150 of its Twitter followers on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Space shuttle Discovery is targeted to launch at 4:40 p.m. EST, Nov. 1, on its STS-133 mission to the International Space Station. Come back to register between noon EDT on Tuesday, Aug. 24 and noon on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

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Launch Team Evaluating Discovery Leaks :: Fri, 29 Oct 2010 05:58:54 AM PDT :: Managers, engineers and technicians are evaluating helium and nitrogen leaks in the pressurization portion of space shuttle Discovery’s right-hand Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS) pod. The leaks must be fixed before launch and the decision was made to delay picking up the launch countdown by at least a day. The countdown, which had been scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. EDT today, would begin at 2 p.m. Saturday. The next possible launch opportunity would be Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 4:17 p.m. These leaking helium and nitrogen seals are unrelated to the fuel leak that was repaired last week, also related to Discovery’s right OMS pod. NASA Test Director Jeff Spaulding will provide details at a 10 a.m. Precountdown Status Briefing on NASA Television.

Discovery Targeted to Launch Tuesday at 4:17 p.m. :: Fri, 29 Oct 2010 06:27:55 AM PDT :: The launch of space shuttle Discovery is targeted for Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 4:17 p.m. EDT. Managers are meeting to discuss the plan to repair helium and nitrogen leaks in the pressurization portion of space shuttle Discovery’s right-hand Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS) pod. The leaks must be fixed before launch and the decision was made to delay picking up the launch countdown by at least a day. Since the scheduled launch day fell close to election day, NASA Test Director Jeff Spaulding said the launch team members have been encouraged to take advantage of early voting or absentee ballot options so they could take part in the elections.

NASA Celebrates 10th Anniversary Of Space Station With Crew News Conference And New Web Content :: Oct. 28, 2010 :: WASHINGTON -- The International Space Station partner agencies will mark a major milestone on Nov. 2 with the 10-year anniversary of people living permanently aboard the space station. NASA will commemorate the event with a news conference featuring the six crew members currently in orbit. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will begin the event, speaking live to the station crew at 9:30 a.m. EDT from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. His remarks and the following news conference will be broadcast live on NASA Television. more »

Countdown to Start Sunday for Targeted Launch Wednesday :: Sat, 30 Oct 2010 07:46:53 AM PDT :: NASA Test Director Jeff Spaulding said this morning the launch team is confident that repairs to quick-disconnect fittings in the system used to pressurize space shuttle Discovery’s right Orbital Maneuvering System rocket engine will allow the shuttle to launch Wednesday, Nov. 3. The targeted launch time is 3:52 p.m. "Right now we're in a good path to get there," Spaulding said. The shuttle has until Sunday, Nov. 7, to launch in the current window, Spaulding said. Discovery is going to the International Space Station on mission STS-133. It will attach the Permanent Multipurpose Module, packed with supplies, equipment experiments and Robonaut 2, to the station. The crew of six astronauts will conduct two spacewalks during the 11-day mission. The weather forecast for a launch Wednesday calls for 70 percent chance of acceptable conditions, according to Shuttle Weather Officer Kathy Winters. The main concerns are low clouds and the possibility of rain within 20 miles of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the shuttle's launch and landing site.

Discovery Launch Re-targeted to Wednesday, Nov. 3 :: Sat, 30 Oct 2010 06:21:57 AM PDT :: NASA managers met this morning and determined it is not possible to launch space shuttle Discovery on Tuesday, Nov. 2, but are optimistic we can target launch for Wednesday, Nov. 3. The preferred liftoff time Nov. 3 would be 3:52 p.m. EDT. Kennedy Space Center technicians worked overnight to repair quick-disconnect fittings in the system used to pressurize space shuttle Discovery’s right Orbital Maneuvering System rocket engine. They made good progress but are slightly behind the timeline that was prepared yesterday. NASA Test Director Jeff Spaulding will provide the latest details at 10 a.m. during a Precountdown Status Briefing on NASA Television. The L-2 Mission Management Team meeting will occur Monday, Nov. 1 at 9:30 a.m.

STS-133: Launch moved to Wednesday to allow for pressurization tasks :: October 29th, 2010 :: Engineers are picking back up into the S0071 tasks to pressurize Discovery’s Right OMS (Orbital Maneuvering System), following the changeout of related couplings/seals which delayed Friday’s start of the launch countdown (S0007). The repress of the OMS tank is a lengthy process, with managers deciding on Saturday to move the launch date to Wednesday to avoid constricting S0007 tasks.

Weather Forecast Friday: 60 percent "Go" :: Thu, 04 Nov 2010 07:03:54 AM PDT :: The shuttle weather team is calling for a 60 percent chance of acceptable conditions for space shuttle Discovery on Friday. They are watching for high winds in the wake of a cold front moving through Central Florida. Discovery is on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Friday's launch time is 3:04 p.m. EDT. There are no scheduled STS-133 news conferences on NASA Television today and no planned Space Shuttle Program Mission Management Team meetings today. The shuttle team will convene at 5 a.m. Friday to assess the weather before giving a “go" or "no-go” decision to fill Discovery’s external tank. If Discovery launches Friday, it will dock with the International Space Station at 10:55 a.m. EST on Sunday, Nov. 7. The mission’s two spacewalks will occur on Tuesday Nov. 9 and Thursday Nov. 11. Undocking will occur at 4:21 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, and landing at Kennedy Space Center will take place at 9:16 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Shuttle Launch Attempt Delayed for Weather :: Thu, 04 Nov 2010 03:08:24 AM PDT :: Managers will delay Discovery’s launch for 24 hours due to weather. Mission managers will meet tomorrow at 5 a.m. to reevaluate the weather conditions. Friday’s launch attempt would be at 3:04 p.m. EDT.

Managers Monitor Leak at Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate :: Fri, 05 Nov 2010 05:07:51 AM PDT :: During the fueling process, a hydrogen leak was detected at the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate, an attachment point between the external tank and a 17-inch pipe that carries gaseous hydrogen safely away from Discovery to the flare stack, where it is burned off. Managers continue to assess the leak. Similar issues affected the launches of shuttle missions STS-119 and STS-127.

Launch Scrubbed Due to Hydrogen Leak at Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate :: Fri, 05 Nov 2010 05:29:30 AM PDT :: Space shuttle managers have scrubbed Discovery’s launch attempt for today due to a hydrogen leak at the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate, or GUCP (pronounced GUP). The next launch attempt would be no earlier than Monday. During the process of filling the external tank, the hydrogen leak was detected at the GUCP, an attachment point between the external tank and a 17-inch pipe that carries gaseous hydrogen safely away from Discovery to the flare stack, where it is burned off. Managers will meet to determine the next steps and NASA Television will air a news conference later today.

NASA Postpones Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery — RELEASE : 10-294 — Nov. 05, 2010 :: CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA postponed space shuttle Discovery's launch to the International Space Station due to a hydrogen gas leak detected while filling the external tank. The next launch attempt could be no earlier than Monday, Nov. 8 at 12:53 p.m. EST. The leak, detected early Friday morning while the shuttle's external fuel tank was being loaded, was at the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate, or GUCP, an attachment point between the external tank and a 7-inch pipe that carries gaseous hydrogen safely away from Discovery to the flare stack, where it is burned off.

Launch Postponed to No Earlier Than Nov. 30 :: Fri, 05 Nov 2010 09:46:24 AM PDT :: NASA managers have decided to postpone the next launch attempt for space shuttle Discovery to no earlier than Nov. 30 at 4:05 a.m. EST. Details will be discussed during a 1 p.m. news conference with Mike Moses, Space Shuttle Program launch integration manager and mission management team chairman, and Mike Leinbach, shuttle launch director.

NASA Postpones Space Shuttle Discovery Launch — RELEASE : 10-290 — :: Nov. 05, 2010 :: CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA has postponed the launch of space shuttle Discovery to no earlier than 4:05 a.m. EST on Nov. 30. The delay will allow engineers and technicians time to diagnose and repair a hydrogen gas leak detected while filling the external tank Friday morning. They also will assess a foam crack on the external fuel tank's liquid oxygen intertank flange. The crack was discovered during de-tanking operations.

Launch No Earlier Than Dec. 3 at About 2:52 a.m. :: Thu, 18 Nov 2010 12:45:50 PM PST :: At today’s Program Requirements Control Board, or PRCB, the Space Shuttle Program clearly identified the analysis and repairs that are required to safely launch shuttle Discovery on its STS-133 mission. This analysis will be in work during the next five days and will be reviewed at a special PRCB on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Pending a successful review of the flight rationale at that meeting, a Launch Status Briefing would be held with senior NASA management on Monday, Nov. 29. The Launch Status Briefing and news conference planned for Monday, Nov. 22 are cancelled. The Kennedy Space Center “Call-to-Stations” to begin the launch countdown will be no earlier than Nov. 30, supporting a first launch attempt no earlier than Dec. 3 at about 2:52 a.m. EST.

NASA Reschedules Shuttle Launch Status Meeting, Discovery's Launch No Earlier Than Dec. 3 — MEDIA ADVISORY : M10-165 — Nov. 18, 2010 :: HOUSTON -- NASA managers have postponed a launch status meeting and news conference planned for Monday, Nov. 22. The events were rescheduled after a Space Shuttle Program meeting Thursday determined more analysis is needed before proceeding toward the launch of space shuttle Discovery on its STS-133 mission. The Program Requirements Control Board (PRCB) identified the analysis and repairs required to safely launch Discovery. This analysis will be done during the next five days and reviewed at a special PRCB on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Pending a successful review of the flight rationale at that meeting, a launch status briefing will be held with senior NASA managers on Monday, Nov. 29. Work has been under way to fix a leaking hydrogen system that caused the initial delay, and to repair cracks atop two 21-foot-long support beams, called stringers, on the exterior of the shuttle's external fuel tank. The Kennedy Space Center will begin the launch countdown no earlier than Nov. 30. That would support a launch attempt for Discovery no earlier than Dec. 3 at approximately 2:52 a.m. EST.

Discovery's Launch No Earlier Than Dec. 17 :: Wed, 24 Nov 2010 01:07:40 PM PST :: NASA managers have targeted space shuttle Discovery's launch for no earlier than Dec. 17. Shuttle managers determined more tests and analysis are needed before proceeding with the STS-133 mission. The launch status meeting planned for Monday, Nov. 29, has been postponed and will be rescheduled. The Program Requirements Control Board reviewed on Wednesday repairs and engineering evaluations associated with cracks on two 21-foot-long, U-shaped aluminum brackets, called stringers, on the shuttle's external tank. Managers decided the analysis and tests required to launch Discovery safely are not complete. The work will continue through next week. The next status review by the PRCB will be Thursday, Dec. 2. If managers clear Discovery for launch on Dec. 17, the preferred time is about 8:51 p.m. EST. » RELEASE : 10-313

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NASA Updates Shuttle Target Launch Dates For Two Flights :: Jan. 13, 2011 :: WASHINGTON -- NASA is targeting 4:50 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 24, for the launch of space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 mission to the International Space Station. The liftoff of shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 flight is planned for 7:48 p.m. EDT on April 19, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The target dates were selected Thursday during the Space Shuttle Program's weekly Program Requirements Control Board meeting.

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