NASA keeps Feb 24 date with Discovery

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NASA keeps Feb 24 date with Discovery

Post by Strawberry on Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:32 am

NASA has cleared Discovery for take off on Thursday, February 24 - the date purported in January when the continual delay due to additional small cracks on the shuttle's tank was reported last.

The 11-day final flight will involve six-member crew delivering a storage module, a science rig and spare parts to the international space station. The shuttle fleet-leader Discovery will lift off next Thursday at 4:50 p.m. on its 39th and final flight carrying six astronauts, NASA confirmed on Friday.

The take off is scheduled six hours after a robotic European cargo carrier would arrive at the International Space Station - the crew's destination.

The crew - Mission commander Steve Lindsey, pilot Eric Boe and four mission specialists: Michael Barratt, Stephen Bowen, Al Drew and Nicole Stott - will be accompanied by Robonaut 2, the first human-like android.

The three-month, 20-day delay is the 133rd shuttle mission.


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