Shuttle Discovery docks with space station for 13th and final time
The shuttle Discovery started its 39th and final flight with a launch late Thursday.
February 26th, 2011
05:16 PM ET

Shuttle Discovery docks with space station for 13th and final time

Some 220 miles above the Earth's surface, the shuttle Discovery docked Saturday afternoon with the International Space Station for the last time.

Due to problems lining up with each other, the shuttle's "hard-mating" with the permanent orbiter threatened to push the six-man crew off schedule. The hook-up was finished around 3 p.m., yet NASA's Mission Control noted a possibility that the installation of an express logistics carrier would not be completed until Sunday, one day later than planned.

Still, there were no major problems on the third day of the shuttle's 11-day mission, during which the crew is set to deliver a storage module, a science rig and spare parts to the space station and its six occupants.

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  1. Star-Date 2011 Shuttle Discovery

    The Shuttle Commander yelled back "What the HELL !! There r 4 other space craft docked to the ISS why dont u take one of them" ?!!!........ SU-LU replied sternly "But this ones Cooler"........

    February 26, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Star-Date 2011 Shuttle Discovery

    (Bang! Bang!) – gunfire; commander turning his head . "Was that gunfire you just heard"? SU-LU replied: "It sounded like it Captain"... The Commander then said "Come with me SU-LU! "We have a crazy russian on board this space-station"....... "Yes.. Captain"......

    February 26, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. International Space Station in orbit

    Blip – shhooo ... "UH houston this is I.S.S. Over"..... Shhoo blip – shhoo.. "Go ahead ISS over ... Shooo blip-sho "Uh we got a couple of santa clauses out here .... Can u hold the line and switch us to Line 2 over... Shhooo... Blip -shoo "switching now ISS ........ Shhooo blip shhoo...... "Houston these babys are..shhhhoooooo...................................................shhhhhhoooooooo........... (silence)......

    February 27, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. Breaking news CNN correspondent at Kennedy Space Center

    This Just In : We are recieving conflicting reports at this time that a Russian Astronaut was acciddently jettisoned while he was sleeping in one of the I.S.S. Emergency Escape Modules (EEM) . At this time we do not know why he was sleeping there or how he was acciddently jettisoned. Details are still coming in at this time. Once again a Russian Astronaut was acciddently jettisoned from the I.S.S. while sleeping in one of the escape modules..... We'll keep you posted as this story unfolds .....(endreport)

    February 27, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. anticipation

    do ya think man will survive long enuff to go to the stars?

    February 27, 2011 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. ed bailey

    The broom closet idea is hilarious, so is the thought that man has any survivability!the IQ points are single digits for most.

    February 27, 2011 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. david campbell

    We should continue the shuttle program rather than pay the russians to use theirs.

    February 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |

    nasa will be able to get a beeter deal on a new shuttle at walmart soon..

    February 27, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Zoro

    Where is banasy

    February 28, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
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