Thursday, November 25, 2010

Final Two Shuttle Missions


Throughout the year, as I've been following Shuttle launches, I have continually moved my "Final Five Shuttle Missions" post up to the blog front page. Now, however, I'm going to truncate that down to the final two... possibly three?

We will know next year if STS-135 should be added to the list! For the moment, here is what we have left, with updated descriptions, tasks, times and dates:

Thursday, February 3, 2011
STS-133 scheduled for launch at 1:34 a.m. EDT

The very last flight of Space Shuttle Discovery. An all-veteran, all-American crew will deliver the Express Logistics Carrier, the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module and the much-anticipated Robonaut!

Final Flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis
Friday, April 1, 2011
STS-134 scheduled for launch at 3:15 a.m. EDT

The very last flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour is the last planned mission of the Shuttle program, which began service in 1981. She will deliver a Logistics Carrier, a high-pressure gas tank, micro-meteoroid debris shields and an Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to the ISS. One spacewalk is planned to mount the AMS to the integrated truss structure, and this may be the final EVA ever conducted by a Shuttle crew.

This final mission will mark the 134th flight of the Space Shuttle Orbiter, the 36th Shuttle trip to the ISS, and the 165th American manned launch.