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Uploaded on Feb 25, 2011
The six Discovery astronauts suited up in their flight gear wave to the crowd and board NASA's Astrovan for the short trip to Launch Pad 39A.
With Commander Steve Lindsey leading the STS-133 crew to deliver the Permanent Multipurpose Module and Robonaut 2 to the space station, this mission marks the final flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery. Having been the most active space shuttle in the fleet, Discovery now flys the entire space shuttle fleet into retirement. Space Shuttle Discovery has the distinction of being the only space shuttle to serve in both return to flight programs, once after Space Shuttle Challenger STS-51L exploded on January 28, 1986 and again after the tragic break up of Space Shuttle Columbia STS-107 during re-entry.