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Discovery Launches to Station, ATV-2 Docks

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:15 am via: NASA
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Space shuttle Discovery lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 4:53 p.m. EST Thursday to deliver a new module and critical supplies to the International Space Station.

The STS-133 mission is delivering the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM), a facility created from the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module named Leonardo. The module can support microgravity experiments in areas such as fluid physics, materials science, biology and biotechnology. Inside the PMM is Robonaut 2, a dextrous robot that will become a permanent resident of the station. Discovery also is carrying critical spare components to the space station and the Express Logistics Carrier 4, an external platform that holds large equipment.

The shuttle crew is scheduled to dock to the station at 2:16 p.m. on Saturday. The mission’s two spacewalks will focus on outfitting the station and storing spare components outside the complex.

The European Space Agency’s “Johannes Kepler” Automated Transfer Vehicle-2 (ATV-2) automatically docked with the aft end of the International Space Station’s Zvezda service module at 10:59 a.m. EST Thursday.

The ATV-2 is delivering crew supplies, oxygen, propellant and research supplies to the orbiting complex. Some of the propellant will be transferred into the station, the rest will be used for firing its engines and reboosting the orbital laboratory. ATV-2’s first reboost occurs Friday at 5:33 a.m. with a 3-minute, 18-second firing lifting the station’s orbit by 1.1 statute miles.

The reboost will put the International Space Station in the proper altitude for the undocking of Expedition 26 on March 16 and the launch of Expedition 27 on March 30. A few hours after the ATV-2 completes the reboost the crew will open the hatches to “Johannes Kepler” to begin cargo transfers.

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The automated transfer vehicle-2 in the expedition of ISS-133 is delivering the Permanent (Hardware)multipurpose module in STS-132 and communicate to STS-131,126 sucessfully.
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