NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery Set for Final Trip to Launch Pad

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Jan. 25, 2011

Candrea Thomas
Kennedy Space Center, Fla. 

Stephanie Schierholz
Headquarters, Washington



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Journalists are invited to cover space shuttle 
Discovery's move from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to Launch 
Pad 39A on Monday, Jan. 31, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in 
Florida. Six astronauts are set to launch aboard the shuttle on Feb. 
24. The STS-133 mission to the International Space Station is the 
final scheduled flight for Discovery before it is retired.

Discovery's first motion out of the VAB to the pad is scheduled for 8 
p.m. EST. NASA Television will provide live coverage of the shuttle's 
rollout. NASA TV's Video File will broadcast highlights of the move.

The shuttle's 3.4-mile journey atop a giant crawler-transporter is 
expected to take approximately six hours. Activities include an 8 
p.m. photo opportunity of the move followed by interview availability 
at 8:30 p.m. with Discovery Flow Director Stephanie Stilson. Media 
representatives must arrive at Kennedy's news center by 7:30 p.m. for 
the rollout photo opportunity.

NASA also will provide a sunrise photo opportunity at the launch pad 
on Feb. 1, following Discovery's arrival. Reporters need to be at the 
news center for transportation to the viewing area by 6 a.m. Updates 
for events are available at 321-867-2525.

To attend rollout and the sunrise pad photo opportunity, U.S. media 
representatives must apply by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28. 
Accreditation for international media representatives is closed. 
Reporters requesting accreditation must apply online at:  

Badges for rollout may be picked up starting at 6 a.m. Jan. 31 at the 
Kennedy Space Center Badging Office on State Road 405.

The 11-day mission will be the 35th flight to the station and the 39th 
flight for Discovery. The mission will deliver and install the 
Permanent Multipurpose Module; critical spare components for the 
space station; and the Express Logistics Carrier 4 -- an external 
platform that holds large equipment. Discovery also will deliver 
Robonaut 2, or R2, to become a permanent resident of the station as 
the first human-like robot in space.

Discovery's first launch attempt on Nov. 5, 2010, was scrubbed because 
of a gaseous hydrogen leak at the external fuel tank's ground 
umbilical carrier plate. The spacecraft was rolled off of the launch 
pad and back into the VAB on Dec. 21, 2010, to allow technicians to 
perform X-ray type scans and repairs to Discovery's external tank.

For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming 
video, visit: 

For more information about the STS-133 mission and crew, visit:  


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