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Discovery Docks With Station for Final Time

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:59 am via: NASA
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At 2:14 p.m. EST Saturday, STS-133 Commander Steve Lindsey backed space shuttle Discovery into pressurized mating adapter #2 on the International Space Station’s Harmony node. The two spacecraft were flying about 220 miles above western Australia at the time they docked.

Discovery was the first space shuttle to dock to a space station when it docked to Russia’s Mir station on mission STS-91 on June 4, 1998. Discovery also was the first shuttle to dock to the International Space Station on STS-96 on May 29, 1999. This was Discovery’s 13th and final docking to the space station.

The shuttle and station crews opened hatches at 4:16 p.m. Discovery’s crew of Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe, and Mission Specialists Alvin Drew, Steve Bowen, Mike Barratt and Nicole Stott joined Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka, Alexander Kaleri, Dmitry Kondratyev, Paolo Nespoli, and Cady Coleman.

The thrusters of the newly arrived “Johannes Kepler” Automated Transfer Vehicle-2 were tested Friday beginning at 5:33 a.m. EST with a 3-minute, 18-second firing lifting the station’s orbit by 1.1 statute miles. The thruster firing provided proof that the vehicle could perform a reboost as expected and positioned the station for the next round of Russian Soyuz vehicle operations.

After Nespoli and Kaleri completed leak checks, the crew opened the hatches to “Johannes Kepler” to begin cargo transfers.

ATV-2 automatically docked with the aft end of the station’s Zvezda service module at 10:59 a.m. EST Thursday.

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Keppler-telescope to calculate the distanes (S=1n) in different spaces of universes,the assessment is revolution in astrospace.The ISS-133 is planned for day 5 work schedule and necessary non bio and biological activties.
Keppler-telescope to calculate the distanes (S=1n) in different spaces of universes,the assessment is revolution in astrospace.The ISS-133 is planned for day 5 work schedule and necessary non bio and biological activties.
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