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The six-member crew of the next space shuttle mission spoke with reporters on Oct. 14 at Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. The astronauts for shuttle Discovery's STS-133 mission are at Kennedy to participate in a full launch dress rehearsal, known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, and related training. The test provides an opportunity for the crew and ground teams to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency escape training.
Discovery is targeted to launch Nov. 1 on its final scheduled flight. During its 11-day mission, astronauts will deliver and install the Permanent Multipurpose Module, critical spare components for the station, and the Express Logistics Carrier 4, an external platform that holds large equipment. Discovery also will deliver Robonaut 2, or R2, to become a permanent resident of the station as the first human-like robot in space.

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Want to Watch one of the Last Shuttle Launches?

One of the three space shuttles has flown its last scheduled mission already, and as another gets set for its final liftoff, tickets are going fast.
NASA has changed its policy for ticketing for the final shuttle missions due to increased demand, and is allowing anyone interested to register for a chance to buy them.

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The final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery STS-133 with Commander Steven Lindsey and six-crew-members on an 11-day mission to the International Space Station.
Launch is scheduled for Monday, 1st November, 2010 at 20:40 GMT.

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Robonaut 2 ready for International Space Station
NASA will launch a humanoid robot later this year to become a permanent resident of the International Space Station. Robonaut 2, or R2 for short, will go where no robot of its kind has gone before. The robot, was developed jointly by NASA and General Motors under a cooperative agreement, will launch on space shuttle Discovery as part of the STS-133 mission set for September. Discovery will leave R2 behind to work on the station, giving engineers a chance to see how the robot fares in weightlessness. Operating R2 in microgravity, as well as the stations radiation and electromagnetic interference environment will provide performance data on how a robot may work side-by-side with astronauts.

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NASA Assigns Crew for Final Scheduled Space Shuttle Mission
NASA has assigned the crew for the last scheduled space shuttle mission, targeted to launch in September 2010. The flight to the International Space Station will carry a pressurised logistics module to the station.
Veteran shuttle commander and retired Air Force Col. Steven W. Lindsey will command the eight-day mission, designated STS-133. Air Force Col. Eric A. Boe will serve as the pilot; it will be his second flight as a shuttle pilot. Mission Specialists are shuttle mission veteran Air Force Col. Benjamin Alvin Drew, Jr., and long-duration spaceflight veterans Michael R. Barratt, Army Col. Timothy L. Kopra and Nicole P. Stott.

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