October 21st, 2010
12:46 PM ET

Space shuttle Discovery crew ready for final mission

Astronauts set to launch into space early next month are focused on their mission, NASA officials said Thursday, blocking out "distractions" over layoffs and changes at the space agency and sentimentality as the shuttle program nears its end.

The space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to take off November 1, returning to Earth the morning of November 12 after what NASA flight director Bryan Lunney described as a "very busy mission."

"After we fly around the Earth about 170 times, Discovery will come home for its last flight," Lunney said Thursday during a press conference in Houston detailing the mission. "The crew is ready to go."

The six-member crew, led by Commander Steven Lindsey, will install a new "permanent multipurpose module" called Leonardo on the international space station.

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  1. Ash

    Groovy.

    October 21, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robbykin

      Hey hey :) you are coolio :) I am coolio :) We are cooio :):):) Chyea :)

      October 21, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
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      October 21, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Floria sigmundi

    This is really cool

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUJ4bL6O3uw&w=640&h=390]

    October 21, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. phil

    Will it be another "Morton-Thiokol" or just your run-of-the-mill "illegal immigrant workers attatching heat sinks" for this final(?) shuttle?

    October 21, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mojomomma

    Destroying the ozone even more is not what i would call cool or groovy there are people starving and homeless in the greatest country in the world but lets risk some more astronauts lives to chart some other gallaxy while we all sit here on our toxic planet justa burnin it up to make sure nasa does feel any crunch from the economy gtfoh!

    October 21, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Candi Kane

      @Mojo......Your such a caveman if peolpe thought like you 700 years ago, we'd still be wondering out was on the other side of the ocean

      October 21, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim Brieske

    They need to honor those who have perished during this program since this is the last mission. Or are we going to suddenly pretend there wasn't a crew on board the one no, those two space shuttles that blew up.
    The first one, they found crew members still strapped in their seats inside the mostly intact crew compartment. Lots of people believed they drowned. The government never confirmed or denied it.
    The second one, I think it's odd it blew up over Texas and our president was from Texas. But in both shuttle explosions there was absolutely an amount of time in which the crew members were aware of what was happening and were horrified by being helpless.
    They should be recognized for the sacrifice they made while the shuttle program continued toward this dignified ending.
    jim

    October 22, 2010 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kairagan

    @Mojo...Breath toxic air and go troll someplace else...take your own advice and really YOU GTFOH!!

    October 22, 2010 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mojomomma

    Why so hostile i dont disrespect the brave men and women of our space program but i think taking off to fly around the world 170 times is i dont know a little stupid wasteful i guess its just me but i see alot of people in our great country homeless and starving and it is obvious to some moneys in our country are a bit of a waste if we want to have a statis symbol let it be our housing nourishment education and compassion for our own people as well as all those around the world in need

    October 22, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sharp

    I think we should reconsider retiring the Shuttle. If they are reasonably safe to fly they should be kept active in a reduced mission. One or two orbiters should be overhauled & the ejection seats reinstalled (first manned test flights). Then only operated on a very reduced schedule by military crews only. We are going to lose manned space capability for a lot longer than anyone thinks. The new vehicle won't be ready anywhere near on schedule.

    October 25, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |