Space Shuttle Discovery’s Final Mission

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Space Shuttle Discovery Rolls Out To Launch Pad For Final Mission
Space shuttle Discovery rolls to the launch pad after emerging from NASA's vehicle assembly building atop a crawler transporter at Kennedy Space Center on January 31, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Discovery is making the 3.4-mile journey to the launch pad in preparation for it's final mission, scheduled for February 24.
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US space shuttle Discovery crewmembers
Discovery crewmembers on February 24, 2011 as they leave their crew quarters at Kennedy Space Center for the ride to LC-39A to board Discovery for her final mission in space. The Discovery and her crew ( L-R) Nicole Stott, Michael Barratt, Alvin Drew, Steve Bowen, Pilot Eric Boe and CMDR Steve Lindsey are launching to the International Space Station delivering a multipurpose logistics module.
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The space shuttle Discovery lifts off Fe
The space shuttle Discovery lifts off Fe
The space shuttle Discovery lifts off February 24, 2011 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space Station. This will be the 39th and final flight for Discovery. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
The space shuttle Discovery lifts off Fe
The space shuttle Discovery lifts off Fe
The space shuttle Discovery lifts off February 24, 2011 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space Station. This will be the 39th and final flight for Discovery. AFP PHOTO/Bruce WEAVER (Photo credit should read BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images)
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After Delays Space Shuttle Discovery Launches From Cape Canaveral
NASA employees Dana St. Jean (R) and Bet Eldred hug after the Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on February 24, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. As the Shuttle Program winds down, Space Shuttle Discovery is on its 39th and final mission to the International Space Station.
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Space Shuttle Discovery Continues On Its Last Mission
In this handout image provided by NASA, NASA astronaut Alvin Drew participates in the mission's first session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station February 28, 2011 in Space. During the six-hour, 34-minute spacewalk, Steve Bowen and Drew installed the J612 power extension cable, move a failed ammonia pump module to the External Stowage Platform 2 on the Quest Airlock for return to Earth at a later date, installed a camera wedge on the right hand truss segment, installed extensions to the mobile transporter rail and exposed the Japanese "Message in a Bottle" experiment to space. Discovery, on its 39th and final flight, is carrying the Italian-built Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM), Express Logistics Carrier 4 (ELC4) and Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space to the International Space Station.
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Space Shuttle Discovery Continues On Its Last Mission
In this handout image provided by NASA, the International Space Station is seen from space shuttle Discovery as the shuttle approaches the station during rendezvous and docking operations February 26, 2011 in Space. Discovery, on its 39th and final flight, is carrying the Italian-built Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM), Express Logistics Carrier 4 (ELC4) and Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space to the International Space Station.
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In this handout image provided by NASA,  February 26, 2011 in Space. Discovery, on its 39th and final flight, is carrying the Italian-built Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM), Express Logistics Carrier 4 (ELC4) and Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space to the International Space Station. (credit: NASA via Getty Images) FILE
Space Shuttle Discovery Continues On Its Last Mission
In this handout image provided by NASA, February 26, 2011 in Space. Discovery, on its 39th and final flight, is carrying the Italian-built Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM), Express Logistics Carrier 4 (ELC4) and Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space to the International Space Station.
In this handout image provided by NASA, February 26, 2011 in Space. Discovery, on its 39th and final flight, is carrying the Italian-built Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM), Express Logistics Carrier 4 (ELC4) and Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space to the International Space Station. (credit: NASA via Getty Images) FILE
(credit: NASA via Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery Continues On Its Last Mission
In this handout image provided by NASA, February 26, 2011 in Space. Discovery, on its 39th and final flight, is carrying the Italian-built Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM), Express Logistics Carrier 4 (ELC4) and Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space to the International Space Station.
(credit: NASA via Getty Images)
(credit: NASA via Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery Continues On Its Last Mission
In this handout image provided by NASA, February 26, 2011 in Space. Discovery, on its 39th and final flight, is carrying the Italian-built Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM), Express Logistics Carrier 4 (ELC4) and Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space to the International Space Station.
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Space Shuttle Discovery Returns From Its Final Mission To Int'l Space Station
People watch as the space shuttle Discovery flies in for a landing at Kennedy Space Center after returning for the last time from a space flight to the International Space Station on March 9, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Discovery flew 39 flights over its 27 years of service and will be sent to a museum. Two remaining shuttle missions are planned before the program ends.
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(credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery Returns From Its Final Mission To Int'l Space Station
The space shuttle Discovery lands at Kennedy Space Center after returning for the last time from a space flight to the International Space Station on March 9, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Discovery flew 39 flights over its 27 years of service and will be sent to a museum. Two remaining shuttle missions are planned before the program ends.
(credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
(credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery Returns From Its Final Mission To Int'l Space Station
The space shuttle Discovery lands at Kennedy Space Center after returning for the last time from a space flight to the International Space Station on March 9, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Discovery flew 39 flights over its 27 years of service and will be sent to a museum. Two remaining shuttle missions are planned before the program ends.
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