Status Report

NASA STS-133 Report #16 6 a.m. CST Friday, March 4, 2011

By SpaceRef Editor
March 4, 2011
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NASA STS-133 Report #16  6 a.m. CST Friday, March 4, 2011

Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

HOUSTON Space shuttle Discovery’s crew will be getting in some extra work inside the new Leonardo module Friday in the first of two days that have been added to the STS-133 mission.

The day started at 3:23 a.m., when the day’s wake-up song, The Ritual/Ancient Battle/2nd Kroykah, from volume two of “Star Trek: The Original Television Soundtrack” better known as the Star Trek fight song was played for the crew. The song was chosen by the crew’s training team.

The additional days are to allow Discovery’s crew more time to help the International Space Station crew members get the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module unpacked and set up for permanent life in orbit and to help with equipment repair.

That work begins today just after 6:30 a.m. Commander Steve Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe, Mission Specialists Alvin Drew, Steve Bowen, Nicole Stott and Michael Barratt, and station Flight Engineers Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli will spend much of their day working on various Leonardo-related tasks. They’ll be installing fixtures inside the module, unpacking items sent up inside and removing the Express Rack 8 for installation in the Destiny laboratory.

They will, however, find some time amidst all that work to talk with students and reporters on the ground.

At 6:08 a.m., the NASA Educational Technology services team and student interns at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will be posing to the crew questions selected by students through the NASA education Taking Up Space blog. The entire shuttle crew, along with Coleman and station Commander Scott Kelly, will be participating in that event.

That blog can be found at:

Then, at 9:48 a.m., all 12 members of the two crews will come together to answer questions from reporters during the Joint Crew News Conference.

The next status report will be issued at the end of the crew’s day or earlier if warranted. The crew’s sleep period will begin at 6:23 p.m.

SpaceRef staff editor.