Posts Tagged ‘STS-133’

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Josh Byerly shares his experiences on being a voice for NASA


Former NASA Public Affairs Officer (PAO) Josh Byerly has talked openly about the public and private process of providing live, continuous, and accurate commentary of high-pressure moments in…

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Shuttle Scrubber: SLS working to avoid GUCP leaks


With a deep heritage between the Shuttle’s External Tank and the Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage, a NASA team recently evaluated recommendations to mitigate against leaks of…

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Tributes for Discovery’s commander following the passing of Alan Poindexter


The commander of Discovery’s STS-131 mission, Alan Poindexter, passed away on Sunday, following a tragic accident. Tributes have been made to the US Navy captain, who also piloted…

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SSME family prepare for SLS core stage role following Shuttle success


NASA’s 15 Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) are being transported to the Stennis Space Center (SSC), as they transition towards their future role with the Space Launch System…

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Year in Review – Part 4: Saying Goodbye to Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour


All good things must come to an end. And thus was the grand finale of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011. It was year of exceptional highs and…

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NASA reviews STS-133 SRB/RSRM Performance ahead of STS-134


Following the highly successful launch of the STS-133 mission, NASA and its contractors have reviewed the vehicle’s performance for any In-Flight Anomalies, or IFAs, on the systems of the…

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Discovery’s elaborate deservicing plan put into work amid managerial praise


Although Discovery has finished her space flight career in style, she still has many months of processing ahead of her – as deserving work follows a pre-planned schedule…

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LIVE: Discovery’s final swansong – Perfect re-entry and landing


Discovery has completed her final – and flawless – mission in space with a return to her home port of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Two…

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MAJESTIC Discovery celebrates one final day in orbit


To say that the final voyage of Discovery has been anything but unbelievably remarkable and awe-inspiring would be to lessen the spirit of STS-133. Now, as she spends…

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STS-133: Discovery undocks for the final time, Late Inspections complete


In an emotional farewell, Discovery has undocked and departed from the International Space Station (ISS) for the final time in her career. The undocking occurred at 6:00am Central…

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STS-133: Workhorse Discovery exemplifying routine orbiter excellence


With Discovery enjoying her final docked mission – with glowing praise from her crew during nearly every media event – the workhorse of the fleet is providing no…

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STS-133: Final Spacewalk completed – Extra +1 Day


The STS-133 crew are working through their second and final spacewalk dedicated to several misc. tasks that will help place the International Space Station in the best possible…

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STS-133: PMM successfully installed – Soyuz flyabout cancelled


With the first spacewalk (EVA) of the mission behind them, Discovery’s crew has further completed one of the mission’s primary objectives: the installation of the PMM (Permanent Multipurpose…

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STS-133: EVA-1 completed; Endeavour Rolls to VAB one last time


As Discovery continues to sail through her STS-133 mission with flying colors, astronauts Steve Bowen and Al Drew have completed the mission’s first of two EVAs (Extravehicular Activities)….

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STS-133: Pristine Discovery enjoying her docked mission swansong


The Damage Assessment Team (DAT) confirmed Discovery’s clean ascent into space by clearing the orbiter from a Focused Inspection, as STS-133’s mission continues to proceed flawlessly. With a…

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Discovery Completes Visually Spectacular Docking to Space Station


A healthy orbiter Discovery and her crew have completed a stunning R-bar Pitch Maneuver (RPM) and docking to the International Space Station. Additionally, Discovery’s extremely clean ride to…

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STS-133: Healthy Discovery completes FD2 inspections on RCC panels


Now safely on orbit, Discovery has completed inspections on her Reinforced Carbon Carbon (RCC) panels – the main task of STS-133’s Flight Day 2 (FD 2). Only two…

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Discovery launches after dramatic range fix late in countdown


Discovery has completed her final ascent into space, following a 16:53 Eastern launch from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Controllers managed to launch the veteran orbiter with just seconds…

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STS-133: Discovery closing in on launch day – MEC investigation review


Engineers have successfully cleared all of Discovery’s minor issues, allowing the veteran shuttle to head towards the upcoming key countdown milestones. While all eyes will be on her…

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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…