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Touchdown at Dulles



Running Time: 10 min 17 sec
File Size: 369 MB

A veteran of 39 trips to space, the shuttle Discovery arrives at the Dulles International Airport for unloading and tow to the neighboring National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

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Tearful farewell to spaceport



Running Time: 10 min 14 sec
File Size: 403 MB

Part of Kennedy Space Center's heart and soul for three decades, space shuttle Discovery makes an emotional final flyby of the Cape atop the 747.

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Discovery buzzes the beaches



Running Time: 10 min 14 sec
File Size: 388 MB

Heads-up to the Space Coast beaches of Brevard County in a final chance to say goodbye to the space shuttle Discovery with low-altitude flybys of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

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Aerial view of takeoff



Running Time: 2 min 37 sec
File Size: 101 MB

A helicopter position southwest of the Shuttle Landing Facility captures this dramatic footage of the shuttle Discovery and 747 carrier aircraft taking off.

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Takeoff of the ferryflight



Running Time: 4 min 42 sec
File Size: 177 MB

Ferryflight of the space shuttle Discovery gets underway as the modified Boeing 747 soars into sky with most-flown spacecraft in history, departing the Kennedy Space Center en route to the Smithsonian.

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Taxiing for southerly takeoff



Running Time: 13 min 31 sec
File Size: 514 MB

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft is on the move, leaving the parking ramp at the Shuttle Landing Facility to roll onto the runway and taxi to its far northern end.

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Aerial views of Discovery awaiting ferryflight



Running Time: 1 min 49 sec
File Size: 71 MB

Stunning aerial footage shows the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with the retired orbiter Discovery aboard awaiting departure from the Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility.

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Astronauts say farewell to Discovery



Running Time: 2 min 00 sec
File Size: 77 MB

The final crew of astronauts to fly aboard the space shuttle Discovery meet the media at Kennedy Space Center with orbiter and carrier aircraft as backdrop.

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Discovery ferryflight ready for takeoff



Running Time: 4 min 50 sec
File Size: 187 MB

Now perched atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, Discovery emerges from the crane gantry to spend the final day at the place she called home for three decades.

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Discovery hoisted atop carrier jet



Running Time: 9 min 54 sec
File Size: 378 MB

Space shuttle Discovery's landing gear is retracted, then the orbiter is hoisted 60 feet so the carrier aircraft can be pulled underneath for mating of the spaceplane atop the modified 747.

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Discovery rolls to runway



Running Time: 11 min 31 sec
File Size: 438 MB

In the predawn darkness, the shuttle Discovery moved ever closer to leaving her home port forever as remaining technicians towed the decommissioned spaceplane from the Vehicle Assembly Building storage bay to the runway ramp for mounting atop the 747 carrier jet.

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Discovery's ride arrives



Running Time: 11 min 4 sec
File Size: 451 MB

The modified Boeing 747 jumbojet that will haul the space shuttle Discovery piggyback-style to the Smithsonian next week flew across the country to Kennedy Space Center to pick up the spaceplane passenger.

   747 ARRIVES | 747 BRIEF COMMENTS FROM 747 CREW

Discovery moves into storage



Running Time: 10 min 5 sec
File Size: 388 MB

Exactly one year to the day since returning from her final spaceflight and now ready for public display at the Smithsonian, the most-flown space shuttle orbiter Discovery is rolled into temporary storage at the Vehicle Assembly Building and sistership Atlantis takes the vacate hangar slot.

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Hatch sealed up



Running Time: 3 min 21 sec
File Size: 128 MB

For the final time in the mission preparation hangars, the crew module hatch on the port side of Discovery is closed and latched.

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Middeck put back together



Running Time: 10 min 39 sec
File Size: 407 MB

Finishing up work on Discovery, the shuttle of record for the Smithsonian's national collection, technicians re-install lockers and mission specialist seats on the middeck.

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Crew post-flight presentation



Running Time: 15 min 52 sec
File Size: 547 MB

The final spaceflight by the orbiter Discovery is remembered in this mission recap by the STS-133 astronauts who delivered a float-in closet and spare parts to the International Space Station in early 2011.

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STS-133 launch films




These slow-motion films capture the awe-inspiring sight of a space shuttle blasting off from the Kennedy Space Center on one of the program's final missions, Discovery soaring skyward in February headed for the International Space Station.

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Ferryflight tail cone in place



Running Time: 8 min 31 sec
File Size: 327 MB

The aerodynamic tail cone to cover space shuttle Discovery's main engines and provide a smooth airflow during the piggyback ride atop the modified Boeing 747 carrier jet to the Smithsonian in April is installed onto the spacecraft.

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Main engine eye lids



Running Time: 13 min 34 sec
File Size: 517 MB

The so-called "eye lid" covers and thermal barriers are installed around the space shuttle main engines and Discovery's aft structure after the replica powerplants were inserted into the orbiter.

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Reflecting on Discovery



Running Time: 8 min 14 sec
File Size: 315 MB

Kennedy Space Center workers and director Bob Cabana note the passing of shuttle Discovery as the ship is powered down one last time in the processing hangar.

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Discovery officially turned off



Running Time: 5 min 11 sec
File Size: 198 MB

The space shuttle Discovery, a spacecraft flown 39 times spanning 148,221,675 miles and 5,830 orbits of Earth, is powered off for the final time Dec. 16 to complete its life forever.

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Discovery's historic cargo bay goes dark



Running Time: 10 min 50 sec
File Size: 411 MB

The payload bay of space shuttle Discovery is closed and locked for the final time at the Kennedy Space Center, as commands are sent from the firing room in the nearby Launch Control Center to first shut the the port door followed by swinging the starboard door.

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Discovery gets replica engines



Running Time: 13 min 35 sec
File Size: 519 MB

In preparation for displaying Discovery at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, technicians install three replica space shuttle main engines.

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The astronauts' kitchen



Running Time: 3 min 34 sec
File Size: 136 MB

Restoring the interior crew module of the space shuttle Discovery for its handover to the Smithsonian, the galley where astronauts prepared their meals in orbit is reinstalled into the middeck.

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Nose pod installed



Running Time: 4 min 33 sec
File Size: 175 MB

The Forward Reaction Control System featuring the multi-directional set of thrusters for maneuvering Discovery in space is reinstalled onto the ship.

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Right-hand OMS rocket pod



Running Time: 10 min 16 sec
File Size: 395 MB

The hollowed out starboard-side Orbital Maneuvering System engine pod, now stripped for internal plumbing and tanks, is attached to the space shuttle Discovery for its museum display.

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Left-hand OMS rocket pod



Running Time: 8 min 54 sec
File Size: 339 MB

Inside the Orbiter Processing Facility, the left-side Orbital Maneuvering System engine pod structure is installed onto the space shuttle Discovery.

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Discovery and Endeavour nose-to-nose



Date: August 11, 2011

The shuttle Endeavour, now deconfigured from her final spaceflight in May, is rolled out of the hangar to enter temporary storage at the Vehicle Assembly Building. Sistership Discovery, which has been parked in the VAB for the past month, is towed to the open hangar bay to resume museum display preparations. A brief photo opportunity of the two spacecraft nose-to-nose occurs during the transfer. With three orbiters and only two hangars available these days, NASA must periodically shuffle the shuttles around.

   ENDEAVOUR LEAVES HANGAR
   DISCOVERY EMERGES FROM VAB
   NOSE-TO-NOSE PHOTO OP
   PUTTING SHUTTLES AWAY

Nose piece removed from Discovery



Running Time: 8 min 3 sec
File Size: 308 MB

The forward reaction control system pod of thrusters is removed from the nose of shuttle Discovery for decommissioning as the ship is safed for museum display.

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Discovery towed off runway



Running Time: 11 min 32 sec
File Size: 441 MB

A few hours after landing at the Kennedy Space Center, shuttle Discovery is towed from the landing strip to the Orbiter Processing Facility hangar to complete STS-133 and begin preparations for retirement.

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Crew news conference



Running Time: 14 min 27 sec
File Size: 552 MB

The six space shuttle Discovery astronauts talk about their just-completed mission during the post-landing news conference with reporters at the Kennedy Space Center.

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Inside Mission Control



Running Time: 15 min 57 sec
File Size: 605 MB

Go behind the scenes in the Mission Control Center during space shuttle Discovery's return to Earth. This footage shows the entry flight control team at work, led by flight director Tony Ceccacci with CAPCOM Charlie Hobaugh, and includes the team's communications audio channel.

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Comments from the astronauts



Running Time: 3 min 56 sec
File Size: 150 MB

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and the space shuttle Discovery crew make brief remarks from the Kennedy Space Center runway after the safe landing.

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Astronauts inspect the shuttle



Running Time: 8 min 3 sec
File Size: 309 MB

The six astronauts make the traditional walkaround look at the space shuttle Discovery on the runway after landing and visit with friends.

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Welcoming the astronauts back



Running Time: 7 min 58 sec
File Size: 306 MB

A long line of NASA and space program officials greet the six space shuttle Discovery astronauts as they exit the Crew Transport Vehicle after landing.

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Discovery's final landing



Running Time: 9 min 41 sec
File Size: 365 MB

The shuttle Discovery makes a graceful landing at Kennedy Space Center, returning from her final voyage after a remarkable three-decade life of service spanning 39 flights, 5,830 orbits of the planet, 365 days spent aloft and 148 million miles traveled.

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Landing Replays: VAB roof



Running Time: 1 min 35 sec
File Size: 60 MB

From atop the 52-story Vehicle Assembly Building located southeast of the Shuttle Landing Facility, this video was recorded by a public affairs camera. (Replay includes live landing audio).

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Landing Replays: West side of runway



Running Time: 44 sec
File Size: 28 MB

Shuttle Discovery's homecoming at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility as seen from the tower camera located on the western side on the runway. (Replay includes live landing audio).

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Landing Replays: Mid-field



Running Time: 1 min 35 sec
File Size: 60 MB

From a viewing spot at the middle point of the 15,000-foot long Shuttle Landing Facility runway, this video shows Discovery touching down. (Replay includes live landing audio).

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Landing Replays: East side of runway



Running Time: 1 min 28 sec
File Size: 57 MB

Shuttle Discovery's homecoming at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility as seen from the tower camera located on the eastern side on the runway. (Replay includes live landing audio).

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Landing Replays: PAFB tracker



Running Time: 5 min 56 sec
File Size: 136 MB

The Patrick Air Force Base tracking camera see space shuttle Discovery descending toward Kennedy Space Center's Runway 15 for landing to conclude the STS-133 flight to the space station. (Replay includes live landing audio).

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Flight Day 13: Tribute to Discovery



Running Time: 7 min 28 sec
File Size: 285 MB

The six astronauts aboard space shuttle Discovery's final flight provides this tribute video about the veteran spaceplane on the eve of her landing for the last time.

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Engineering launch video



Running Time: 12 min 35 sec
File Size: 472 MB

Detailed engineering footage provide a new look at shuttle Discovery's thunderous launch on the ship's final space voyage.

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Flight Day 12: Shatner tribute



Running Time: 1 min 0 sec
File Size: 37 MB

William Shatner provides a special wakeup message to the space shuttle Discovery astronauts to pay tribute to their spaceship.

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Flight Day 12: Undocking preview



Running Time: 2 min 8 sec
File Size: 37 MB

Bryan Lunney, lead space shuttle flight director for the STS-133 mission, previews the Flight Day 12 activities that will feature the undocking and flyaround of the International Space Station, plus another round of heat shield inspections.

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Flight Day 11: Shuttle crew leaves station



Running Time: 4 min 53 sec
File Size: 186 MB

The space shuttle Discovery astronauts float out of the Harmony module to close the hatchway for undocking.

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Flight Day 11: Farewell ceremony



Running Time: 1 min 59 sec
File Size: 76 MB

The space shuttle Discovery and International Space Station's Expedition 26 crews gather for a farewell ceremony.

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Flight Day 9: Crew home movies



Running Time: 12 min 9 sec
File Size: 466 MB

The space shuttle Discovery astronauts shot this home movie-style footage aboard the ship and the International Space Station throughout Flight Day 9.

   PART 1 | PART 2

Flight Day 8: President Obama calls



Running Time: 6 min 14 sec
File Size: 238 MB

President Barack Obama, calls the crews of the shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station to offer congratulations for their ongoing mission to finish lab construction.

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Flight Day 7: Another good spacewalk



Running Time: 3 min 7 sec
File Size: 119 MB

The mission's second spacewalk by Steve Bowen and Al Drew was another successful excursion to tackle some maintenance chores outside the International Space Station.

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Flight Day 7: Space bicycle



Running Time: 28 sec
File Size: 18 MB

Discovery mission specialist Nicole Stott gets some exercise with the space shuttle's stationary bicycle.

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Flight Day 7: Relocating Robonaut 2



Running Time: 4 min 39 sec
File Size: 179 MB

The special container with Robonaut 2 is unpacked from the Permanent Multipurpose Module and brought into the Destiny laboratory.

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Flight Day 7: Fixing spacesuit leak



Running Time: 2 min 38 sec
File Size: 101 MB

During preparations for the mission's second spacewalk, a small leak was detected on Steve Bowen's spacesuit that the crew isolated to a tiny seal that went bad.

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Flight Day 7: Spacewalk preview



Running Time: 5 min 57 sec
File Size: 226 MB

Art Thomason, the lead spacewalk officer for Discovery's STS-133 flight, provides this detailed step-by-step preview of EVA No. 2 by astronauts Steve Bowen and Al Drew.

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Flight Day 6: EVA No. 2 preps



Running Time: 1 min 22 sec
File Size: 52 MB

Steve Bowen and Al Drew get things organized and ready on the eve of their second spacewalk on Discovery's mission.

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Flight Day 6: Modifying foot platform



Running Time: 1 min 22 sec
File Size: 52 MB

Spacewalker Al Drew works on a portable foot platform used by astronauts working outside the International Space Station. He brought it back inside in between the two EVAs to make some modifications.

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Flight Day 6: Spacewalking tools



Running Time: 2 min 26 sec
File Size: 93 MB

Spacewalkers Al Drew and Steve Bowen show off some of their tools and equipment in the airlock.

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Flight Day 6: Fun time in PMM



Running Time: 1 min 2 sec
File Size: 39 MB

Shuttle Discovery astronaut Steve Bowen has some fun free-floating inside the Permanent Multipurpose Module.

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Flight Day 6: Crews check out station's new addition



Running Time: 5 min 14 sec
File Size: 200 MB

All 12 of the space station and space shuttle astronauts float into the newly-opened Permanent Multipurpose Module to check it out.

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Flight Day 6: PMM opened for business



Running Time: 4 min 15 sec
File Size: 163 MB

The first in a series of hatches between the space station's interior living quarters and the new Permanent Multipurpose Module is opened in the Unity node.

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Flight Day 6: Opening passageway



Running Time: 2 min 4 sec
File Size: 79 MB

The first in a series of hatches between the space station's interior living quarters and the new Permanent Multipurpose Module is opened in the Unity node.

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Flight Day 6: Attaching the PMM



Running Time: 3 min 44 sec
File Size: 115 MB

The robot arm operators working in the Cupola and the berthing system controllers get the Permanent Multipurpose Module installed on the space station.

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Flight Day 6: Breakfast time



Running Time: 3 min 0 sec
File Size: 115 MB

The shuttle astronauts gather in the orbiter's middeck to have some breakfast before getting to work.

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Flight Day 6: Inside the PMM



Running Time: 3 min 5 sec
File Size: 57 MB

Lead station flight director Royce Renfrew details the new Permanent Multipurpose Module for the International Space Station and what it is carrying.

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Flight Day 6: Installing new module



Running Time: 1 min 57 sec
File Size: 70 MB

Unberthing of the Permanent Multipurpose Module from the space shuttle Discovery's payload bay and maneuvering the cargo into position for attachment to the Unity node by the robotic arm is explained by flight director Royce Renfrew.

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Flight Day 5: EVA No. 1 successful



Running Time: 55 sec
File Size: 35 MB

Tired but happy spacewalkers Steve Bowen and Al Drew return inside the International Space Station after their six-and-a-half hour excursion outside.

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Flight Day 5: Flying station's robot arm



Running Time: 1 min 11 sec
File Size: 45 MB

Discovery astronaut Mike Barratt and Expedition 26 commander Scott Kelly operate the space station's robot arm to maneuver spacewalker Steve Bowen and failed pump module into storage enclosure outside the complex.

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Flight Day 5: Choreographing EVA



Running Time: 2 min 42 sec
File Size: 103 MB

Commander Steve Lindsey and mission specialist Nicole Stott choreograph the spacewalk from the shuttle Discovery's flight deck.

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Flight Day 5: Ready to go outside



Running Time: 2 min 3 sec
File Size: 78 MB

With the help of their crewmates, Steve Bowen and Al Drew get ready in the Quest airlock module to head outside the International Space Station for a spacewalk to finish some leftover business from EVAs last summer.

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Flight Day 5: Spacewalk preview



Running Time: 6 min 35 sec
File Size: 252 MB

Art Thomason, the lead spacewalk officer for Discovery's STS-133 flight, provides this detailed step-by-step preview of EVA No. 1 by astronauts Steve Bowen and Al Drew.

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Flight Day 4: Life in space



Running Time: 6 min 25 sec
File Size: 244 MB

The space shuttle Discovery astronauts shot this video in home movie-style to show what life is like aboard the orbiter and the International Space Station.

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Flight Day 3: Delivering new pallet



Running Time: 3 min 39 sec
File Size: 104 MB

Lead station flight director Royce Renfrew previews of the Express Logistics Carrier No. 4 -- an outdoor spare parts pallet -- being unberthing from the orbiter's payload bay and being mounted onto the International Space Station.

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Flight Day 3: Docking preview



Running Time: 1 min 57 sec
File Size: 74 MB

Lead STS-133 shuttle flight director Bryan Lunney narrates this animation showing space shuttle Discovery's approach and docking with the orbiting International Space Station on Flight Day 3.

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Tour the payload bay



Running Time: 59 sec
File Size: 27 MB

This animation gives you a guided tour of space shuttle Discovery's payload bay, showing the various pieces of hardware flying on the STS-133 mission to the space station with narration by lead shuttle flight director Bryan Lunney.

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Flight Day 2: The day's agenda



Running Time: 3 min 52 sec
File Size: 78 MB

Bryan Lunney, lead space shuttle flight director for the STS-133 mission, previews the Flight Day 2 activities that include orbiter heat shield inspections.

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Launch as seen live!



Running Time: 8 min 48 sec
File Size: 340 MB

The shuttle Discovery weighs anchor from the Florida spaceport and set sail on her final voyage at 4:53 p.m. EST, embarking with six astronauts for an 11-day journey to bring one last module to the International Space Station.

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Inside Houston's Mission Control



Running Time: 8 min 14 sec
File Size: 315 MB

Go behind the scenes in the Mission Control Center during space shuttle Discovery's launch. This footage shows the ascent flight control team at work, led by flight director Richard Jones and CAPCOM Charlie Hobaugh, and includes the team's communications audio channel.

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Aerial views from the Cape



Running Time: 2 min 16 sec
File Size: 87 MB

Check out this aerial footage captured from a helicopter flying around the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral during Discovery's launch countdown.

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Launch Replays: Pad perimeter



Running Time: 46 sec
File Size: 29 MB

The launch pad 39A perimeter camera gives this side view of the space shuttle igniting its engines and roaring skyward for STS-133. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch Replays: VAB roof



Running Time: 1 min 25 sec
File Size: 54 MB

From atop the 52-story Vehicle Assembly Building located three-and-a-half miles away, this launch video was recorded by a public affairs camera. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch Replays: West tower



Running Time: 23 sec
File Size: 14 MB

This view of space shuttle Discovery's liftoff is captured from a tower west of pad 39A near Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch Replays: UCS-23 tracker



Running Time: 2 min 47 sec
File Size: 106 MB

This video of space shuttle Discovery's launch on STS-133 was captured by the UCS-23 tracking camera positioned southeast of the pad. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch Replays: Press Site



Running Time: 33 sec
File Size: 21 MB

This is the view from Kennedy Space Center's Press Site at Complex 39 as space shuttle Discovery launches on the STS-133 space station mission. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch Replays: Beach tracker



Running Time: 3 min 3 sec
File Size: 116 MB

A tracking camera at positioned on a mound along beach southeast of launch pad 39A provides this angle of space shuttle Discovery's liftoff. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch Replays: Front camera



Running Time: 1 min 23 sec
File Size: 53 MB

Footage of space shuttle Discovery's climb away into the sky is captured from this camera positioned in front of launch pad 39A. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch Replays: Playalinda Beach



Running Time: 3 min 7 sec
File Size: 117 MB

This tracking camera north of launch pad 39A along Playalinda Beach offers a close-up view of the three main engines and solid rocket boosters during Discovery's climb out. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch Replays: Camera 070



Running Time: 22 sec
File Size: 14 MB

Launch pad engineering camera 070 is zoomed in on space shuttle Discovery's three main engines to give this close-up view during ignition. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Launch Replays: Camera 071



Running Time: 31 sec
File Size: 20 MB

Launch pad engineering camera 071 provides a front view of space shuttle Discovery during ignition of the main engines and the billowing plume of stream in the last seconds of the countdown. (Replay includes live launch audio).

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Look back at the delays



Running Time: 3 min 4 sec
File Size: 115 MB

Space shuttle Discovery endured several months of launch delays because of technical problems, the most significant being cracks to the metal stringer beams on the external tank. Here's a look back at Discovery's road to launch on her final flight.

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Astronauts head for the launch pad



Running Time: 5 min 9 sec
File Size: 200 MB

The crew of commander Steve Lindsey, pilot Eric Boe and mission specialists Al Drew, Steve Bowen, Nicole Stott and Mike Barratt emerge from their quarters to board the AstroVan for the launch pad.

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Crew gets suited up



Running Time: 3 min 7 sec
File Size: 121 MB

Space shuttle Discovery's astronauts -- all experienced veterans -- finish donning their day-glow orange ascent and entry spacesuits on launch morning.

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Discovery's pre-launch campaign



Running Time: 16 min 1 sec
File Size: 606 MB

This narrated footage shows the preparations that shuttle Discovery underwent at Kennedy Space Center for launch to the STS-133 mission.

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Payloads' pre-launch campaign



Running Time: 11 min 14 sec
File Size: 428 MB

This narrated footage shows the preparations that the STS-133 mission payloads underwent at Kennedy Space Center for launch to the International Space Station aboard Discovery.

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Launch pad gantry rolled back



Running Time: 6 min 38 sec
File Size: 253 MB

The space shuttle Discovery is uncovered from the cocoon-like rotating service gantry for liftoff from Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A.

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Countdown clocks begin ticking



Running Time: 4 min 0 sec
File Size: 153 MB

The three-day countdown sequence begins for space shuttle Discovery inside Firing Room 4 of Kennedy Space Center's Complex 39 Launch Control Center.

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Crew returns for launch



Running Time: 4 min 9 sec
File Size: 159 MB

Space shuttle Discovery's six astronauts arrive at the Kennedy Space Center launch site after an afternoon trip from their home base in Houston to prepare for liftoff.

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Discovery awaits countdown



Running Time: 1 min 12 sec
File Size: 47 MB

This is some unique video footage of the space shuttle Discovery atop launch pad 39A in the days leading up to the countdown sequence starting.

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Replacement spacewalker Steve Bowen trains for the mission



Running Time: 10 min 7 sec
File Size: 389 MB

Steve Bowen trains in the virtual reality lab and dives into Johnson Space Center's gigantic swimming pool as a dress rehearsal of the mission's spacewalking tasks. He joined the astronaut crew just the week before this training session, after replacing the injured Tim Kopra, originally set to be Discovery's lead spacewalker.

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Sun rises over spaceport after rollout



Running Time: 1 min 21 sec
File Size: 53 MB

The sun rises over the Florida spaceport with space shuttle Discovery now poised atop Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A for the STS-133 mission.

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Shuttle arrives atop launch pad again



Running Time: 7 min 10 sec
File Size: 275 MB

The space shuttle Discovery makes the overnight trip to launch pad 39A for a final pre-retirement mission to the International Space Station.

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Crowds cheer on Discovery's rollout



Running Time: 3 min 10 sec
File Size: 120 MB

Crowds of Kennedy Space Center workers and their families celebrate space shuttle Discovery's rollout to launch pad 39A for the ship's final mission.

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Discovery re-emerges from VAB



Running Time: 5 min 1 sec
File Size: 192 MB

With the external tank repaired and strengthened, the space shuttle Discovery re-emerges from the Vehicle Assembly Building for rollout to launch pad 39A.

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Fresh foam applied to external tank



Running Time: 1 min 52 sec
File Size: 70 MB

Fresh insulating and aerodynamic foam is applied on space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank's ribbed midsection after extensive work to beef up the support beams.

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Launch team practices procedures



Running Time: 3 min 41 sec
File Size: 141 MB

The space shuttle launch team rehearsal countdown procedures in Kennedy Space Center's Complex 39 launch control center's firing room No. 4.

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Repairs and strengthening to the tank



Running Time: 4 min 50 sec
File Size: 186 MB

Repairs and strengthening to the support beam stringers are implemented on space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank's ribbed midsection.

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Digital X-ray inspections in the VAB



Running Time: 5 min 23 sec
File Size: 205 MB

Digital X-ray inspections of the support beam stringers of space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank's ribbed midsection are underway inside the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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Work to remove foam and sensors



Running Time: 2 min 25 sec
File Size: 92 MB

Foam that was applied over the fueling test instrumentation is removed so technicians can begin removing the special sensors in the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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Setting up access platforms



Running Time: 3 min 26 sec
File Size: 132 MB

Workers quickly get busy erecting special scaffolding and platforms around the space shuttle Discovery to gain access to the external tank's midsection.

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Back in the assembly building



Running Time: 6 min 35 sec
File Size: 253 MB

Space shuttle Discovery safely arrives back inside Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, marking only the 20th rollback in program history.

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Discovery departs launch pad 39A



Running Time: 6 min 4 sec
File Size: 232 MB

The crawler-transporter begins hauling the space shuttle Discovery off launch pad 39A for the overnight road trip back to the Vehicle Assembly Building to undergo inspections of the external fuel tank.

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Lunar eclipse over Discovery



Running Time: 2 min 34 sec
File Size: 98 MB

A lunar eclipse appears in the sky over launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center where the space shuttle Discovery was uncovered from the gantry during preps for rollback to the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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Special fueling test conducted



Running Time: 4 min 27 sec
File Size: 169 MB

The space shuttle Discovery's external tank is loaded with a half-million gallons of supercold liquid oxygen and hydrogen rocket fuel for a knowledge-building test to understand the stresses and strains the external tank endures during a countdown.

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Final preps for fueling test



Running Time: 7 min 54 sec
File Size: 304 MB

After engineers instrumented the tank with 89 strain gauges and temperature sensors, they route 162 wires about 200 feet from the two test zones around the front face of the tank.

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Instrumenting the tank



Running Time: 1 min 57 sec
File Size: 75 MB

Strain gauges are affixed to testing zones on the external tank's ribbed midsection to collect data on the stresses experienced during the instrumented fueling exercise.

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Scanning the tank for more cracks



Running Time: 7 min 51 sec
File Size: 300 MB

A backscatter imaging device bounces radiation off the external fuel tank to detect any additional structural cracks underneath the insulation foam.

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Repairing the tank cracks



Running Time: 3 min 59 sec
File Size: 150 MB

Structural reinforcements called "doublers" are installed around the cracked metal stringers of space shuttle Discovery's external tank as a means of repair.

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Buttoning up hydrogen vent



Running Time: 4 min 50 sec
File Size: 186 MB

With the new ground umbilical carrier plate installed onto Discovery's external tank to hopefully fix the gaseous hydrogen leak, the launch pad swing arm and 7-inch diameter vent line are reattached to the space shuttle.

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Doublers to beef up cracked beams



Running Time: 2 min 51 sec
File Size: 107 MB

Space shuttle engineers make progress on plans to repair the cracked structural beams on Discovery's external fuel tank intertank stringers.

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New GUCP installed



Running Time: 5 min 8 sec
File Size: 199 MB

As the ground umbilical carrier plate repairs continue at launch pad 39A, technicians re-install the hydrogen fitting onto the external tank.

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External tank's door opened



Running Time: 6 min 27 sec
File Size: 246 MB

The access door on space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank is opened, allowing technicians to climb inside the intertank area between the liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen tanks.

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Leaky GUCP disassembled



Running Time: 7 min 58 sec
File Size: 306 MB

A leaking hydrogen attachment fitting on the side of the shuttle Discovery's external tank is removed and internal seals removed for repairs.

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Foam crack work begins



Running Time: 2 min 00 sec
File Size: 76 MB

Broken foam insulation on the intertank region of space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank is removed from the structural beams, ultimately revealing underlying metal cracks.

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Vent arm detached from Discovery



Running Time: 6 min 21 sec
File Size: 244 MB

The gaseous hydrogen vent arm extending from the launch pad 39A tower to shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank was detached and lowered down, enabling technicians access inside the leaky ground umbilical carrier plate.

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Preparing for repairs



Running Time: 3 min 19 sec
File Size: 128 MB

Scenes around Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A as workers get ready to troubleshoot the gaseous hydrogen leak at the ground umbilical carrier plate connection.

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STS-133: Mission preview movie



Running Time: 10 min 15 sec
File Size: 385 MB

This movie summarizes space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 mission that will launch the Permanent Multipurpose Module and Express Logistics Carrier No. 4 to the International Space Station.

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STS-133: Crew biographies



Running Time: 10 min 00 sec
File Size: 381 MB

Get to know the six astronauts launching on space shuttle Discovery's mission STS-133. This special biography movie profiles the crew and the path each took to become an astronaut.

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Expedition 25-26: Preview movie



Running Time: 7 min 07 sec
File Size: 272 MB

This movie summarizes the main goals and objectives at the International Space Station over the next six months during the Expedition 25 and Expedition 26 crew increments.

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Expedition 25: Meet the crew



Running Time: 13 min 52 sec
File Size: 525 MB

Get to know the six-person crew -- Wheelock, Walker, Kelly, Yurchikhin, Kaleri and Skripochka -- living aboard the International Space Station as Expedition 25. This special biography movie profiles the crew and the path each took to become an astronaut.

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Gaseous hydrogen leak scrubs launch



Running Time: 5 min 35 sec
File Size: 215 MB

The planned Nov. 5 liftoff of space shuttle Discovery was postponed due to a "significant" leak in the gaseous hydrogen venting system between the launch pad and external fuel tank.

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Crew arrives for launch



Running Time: 6 min 7 sec
File Size: 233 MB

The six astronauts arrive at the Kennedy Space Center launch site in sleek T-38 jets, trained and ready to take shuttle Discovery for its final spaceflight.

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Payload bay doors closed



Running Time: 5 min 1 sec
File Size: 191 MB

With the Permanent Multipurpose Module and cargo pallet loaded aboard for the space station, Discovery's the 60-foot-long payload bay doors are closed for launch.

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Departure back to Houston



Running Time: 2 min 53 sec
File Size: 111 MB

After wrapping up the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, the crew boards T-38 jets for the flight back to their homebase at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Crew inspects payload bay



Running Time: 1 min 41 sec
File Size: 65 MB

Now at the Kennedy Space Center for the launch countdown, the astronauts go to launch pad 39A for a close-up look and sharp-edge inspection of the payloads loaded into Discovery's cargo bay.

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Shuttle evacuation practice



Running Time: 2 min 18 sec
File Size: 87 MB

After clocks halted in the final seconds to simulate a shutdown of the three main engines just prior to liftoff, the crew exits the shuttle and practices scurrying to the slide-wire baskets for a quick evacuation of the pad.

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Crew boards Discovery



Running Time: 11 min 30 sec
File Size: 441 MB

After the short ride out to launch pad 39A, the astronauts walk across the access arm to the White Room and begin boarding shuttle Discovery for the final three hours of the practice countdown.

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Florida sunrise at pad 39A



Running Time: 5 min 42 sec
File Size: 216 MB

The sun rises over Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A where space shuttle Discovery stands ready for the morning's countdown dress rehearsal with the astronauts and launch team.

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Launch day simulation begins



Running Time: 8 min 19 sec
File Size: 312 MB

The astronauts follow a normal launch morning routine during the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, donning their bright orange spacesuits and departing the crew quarters building to get into the Astrovan.

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Commemorative signing



Running Time: 1 min 10 sec
File Size: 45 MB

The Discovery astronauts add their names to the commemorative wall signing inside the Vehicle Assembly Building that pays tribute to the space shuttle program.

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Emergency training at pad and bunker



Running Time: 5 min 45 sec
File Size: 220 MB

The astronauts spend time learning how to evacuate pad 39A if an emergency arises, including procedures to operate the slide-wire baskets that would quickly whisk the crew from the launch tower to a bunker west of the pad.

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Landing simulations



Running Time: 9 min 15 sec
File Size: 358 MB

This remarkable footage was shot aboard the Shuttle Training Aircraft as space shuttle Discovery commander Steve Lindsey makes practice landing approaches into Kennedy Space Center's runway.

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Tank test driving



Running Time: 3 min 23 sec
File Size: 130 MB

Discovery's astronauts take turns test-driving an armored tank available for the crew to escape the pad 39A area if an emergency arises during the launch countdown.

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Payload arrives at launch pad



Running Time: 1 min 53 sec
File Size: 72 MB

Space shuttle Discovery's cargo bay is filled with the orbiter's final payload complement, a new module and platform that are among the last accouterments for the International Space Station after a decade of construction.

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Payload arrives at launch pad



Running Time: 9 min 39 sec
File Size: 369 MB

The transportation canister hauling the PMM and ELC 4 payloads is taken to the rotating building at Kennedy Space Center and turned vertically for delivery to the launch pad.

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Canister goes upright



Running Time: 5 min 43 sec
File Size: 219 MB

The transportation canister hauling the PMM and ELC 4 payloads is taken to the rotating building at Kennedy Space Center and turned vertically for delivery to the launch pad.

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Hoisting PMM into transporter



Running Time: 5 min 12 sec
File Size: 197 MB

The Permanent Multipurpose Module is placed into the payload transportation canister at the Space Station Processing Facility for the trip to launch pad 39A and installation into Discovery.

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Weighing new module



Running Time: 8 min 49 sec
File Size: 338 MB

The Italian-made module that will give the International Space Station a float-in closet and help ease the outpost's storage woes is maneuvering into a special workstand for pre-launch weighing.

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Gantry encloses Discovery



Running Time: 2 min 39 sec
File Size: 103 MB

With the mobile launching platform securely anchored atop Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A, the rotating service gantry is placed around space shuttle Discovery.

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Shuttle perched atop pad 39A



Running Time: 7 min 37 sec
File Size: 291 MB

For the last time in history, the space shuttle Discovery arrives at Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A to make one last spaceflight before retirement.

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Discovery begins final rollout



Running Time: 9 min 40 sec
File Size: 367 MB

With a large crowd of workers and their families there to witness the rollout, the space shuttle Discovery emerges from the Vehicle Assembly Building the night of September 20.

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Space shuttle stacked



Running Time: 2 min 21 sec
File Size: 91 MB

Inside the Vehicle Assembly Building, the space shuttle vehicle stands fully stacked with orbiter Discovery now bolted to the external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters.

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Hoisting shuttle Discovery



Running Time: 7 min 15 sec
File Size: 277 MB

The shuttle Discovery is hoisted from the center aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building over to high bay No. 3 and carefully lowered into position next to the awaiting fuel tank for attachment.

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Orbiter goes vertical



Running Time: 8 min 9 sec
File Size: 314 MB

The sling crane lifts Discovery from the transport hauler that carried the orbiter from its hangar and then rotates the shuttle vertically in the center aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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Discovery leaves hangar



Running Time: 4 min 42 sec
File Size: 180 MB

Moving a major step closer to its final spaceflight before retirement, shuttle Discovery takes a road trip from the hangar to the nearby Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center on September 9.

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Cargo inspections



Running Time: 11 min 48 sec
File Size: 452 MB

With the Permanent Multipurpose Module and Express Logistics Carrier payloads nearly ready to fly, the shuttle Discovery astronauts return to Kennedy Space Center for another hands-on inspection of the mission cargo.

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Payload bay closed up



Running Time: 4 min 11 sec
File Size: 161 MB

Space shuttle Discovery's high-speed Ku-band communications antenna is retracted for launch and the payload bay doors closed in preparation for departure from its Florida hangar.

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Station's spare radiator



Running Time: 5 min 6 sec
File Size: 196 MB

The spare thermal radiator for the International Space Station is mounted aboard the Express Logistics Carrier No. 4 to be launched aboard Discovery.

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Robonaut ready to launch



Running Time: 3 min 57 sec
File Size: 150 MB

Robonaut arrives at Kennedy Space Center's Space Station Processing Facility to be packed inside the Leonardo cargo module for launch to the International Space Station on STS-133.

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Blanketing Leonardo



Running Time: 4 min 21 sec
File Size: 167 MB

Technicians apply thick blanketing material around the outer hull of Leonardo as protection during its new role as the Permanent Logistics Module at the International Space Station.

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Astronauts inspect Discovery



Running Time: 6 min 8 sec
File Size: 235 MB

Members of the STS-133 crew to launch aboard space shuttle Discovery visit Kennedy Space Center for an up-close inspection of their spacecraft inside the Orbiter Processing Facility.

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Astronauts visit Leonardo



Running Time: 4 min 11 sec
File Size: 160 MB

The space shuttle Discovery astronauts visit Leonardo and climb inside the Permanent Logistics Module during the Crew Equipment Interface Test (CEIT) activities at Kennedy Space Center.

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Filling up the module



Running Time: 5 min 26 sec
File Size: 207 MB

One of the many racks being carried to the International Space Station aboard the Permanent Logistics Module is seen here being inserted into Leonardo.

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Tank mated to booster rockets



Running Time: 8 min 52 sec
File Size: 340 MB

After completing preps inside a checkout bay of the Vehicle Assembly Building, the external fuel tank for space shuttle Discovery is moved into position for attachment to the waiting solid rocket boosters.

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Main engine installation



Running Time: 7 min 37 sec
File Size: 292 MB

The first of space shuttle Discovery's three liquid-fueled main engines is installed onto the vehicle during pre-flight processing for mission STS-133.

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Tank goes into checkout cell



Running Time: 3 min 22 sec
File Size: 130 MB

Inside the Vehicle Assembly Building, the external fuel tank for space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 mission is hoisted into a checkout bay to undergo preparations prior to attachment to the solid rocket boosters.

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Fuel tank unloaded from barge



Running Time: 5 min 36 sec
File Size: 216 MB

Shuttle Discovery's external tank is unloaded from its covered barge and moved to the Vehicle Assembly Building to begin preparations for STS-133.

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Tank arrives at launch site



Running Time: 6 min 25 sec
File Size: 246 MB

The external fuel tank for Discovery travels up the Cape Canaveral waterway and arrives at the Kennedy Space Center on May 8 aboard a transport barge from the Lockheed Martin manufacturing plant near New Orleans.

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Postflight deservicing: OMS pod



Running Time: 8 min 11 sec
File Size: 315 MB

The right-side Orbital Maneuvering System pod is removed from the space shuttle Discovery so workers can replace a troublesome helium isolation valve before the next mission.

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Postflight deservicing: OBSS



Running Time: 4 min 5 sec
File Size: 158 MB

The Orbiter Boom Sensor System flown aboard space shuttle Discovery's STS-131 flight is removed from the payload bay. The OBSS features an inspection package to check the shuttle's heat shield for damage while in space.

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Postflight deservicing: Engines



Running Time: 6 min 18 sec
File Size: 238 MB

Space shuttle Discovery's three liquid hydrogen-fueled main engines are removed from the orbiter after the STS-131 flight and taken to the refurbishment shop in preparation for future use.

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Leonardo is back from latest trip



Running Time: 10 min 37 sec
File Size: 405 MB

The Leonardo reusable cargo module is removed from the payload bay of space shuttle Discovery after the STS-131 mission to be modified for its upcoming one-way trip to the space station as the new Permanent Logistics Module.

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Landing of STS-131



Date: April 20, 2010
Running Time: 10 min 18 sec
File Size: 379 MB

Space shuttle Discovery returns home to the Kennedy Space Center at 9:08 a.m. EDT to complete its 15-day mission that stock the shelves of the International Space Station.

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Spare parts pallet arrives



Running Time: 3 min 6 sec
File Size: 120 MB

Express Logistics Carrier No. 4 arrives at the Kennedy Space Center launch site to be readied for its voyage to the International Space Station as an external spare parts depot.

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Earlier Hi-Def Coverage

Maiden launch of SpaceX Falcon 9
Shuttle mission STS-132
Shuttle mission STS-131
Shuttle mission STS-130
Solar Dynamics Observatory
Delta 4 with GOES P
Shuttle mission STS-129
Ares 1-X flight test
Delta 2 with STSS Demo
Atlas 5 launches PAN
Delta 2 launches GPS 2R-21
Shuttle mission STS-128
Shuttle mission STS-127
Delta 4 with GOES O
LRO and LCROSS lunar launch
Shuttle mission STS-125
Shuttle mission STS-119
Shuttle mission STS-126
Shuttle mission STS-124
GLAST gamma ray observatory launch

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