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. Little Ceaser

    May be the'll all eat pizza for dinner this evening.little ceasers should make M.R.E.(pizza-slices) For space travel w/ crazy bread n sauce.

    February 26, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • 3Dsat.TV + Sat3D.TV for CNN or FOX ::::::::::::::::: http://x.co/Luk3

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      about 1.5 years ago I’ve proposed the DEFINITIVE solution for the Shuttle ET’s foam issue in this article:
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      “The idea that can save SEVEN astronauts” … http://www.ghostnasa.com/posts/050savethecrew.html
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      maybe, NASA can use MY idea for the last two missions to avoid a further Columbia or Challenger disaster
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      February 27, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
    • 3Dsat.TV + Sat3D.TV for CNN or FOX ::::::::::::::::: http://x.co/Luk3

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      stop people that still want to play with capsules, ET and SRBs just to lose TEN MORE YEARS and at least $20-30 billions!!!
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      this is my plan:
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      back to orbit with an US vehicle within 5-6 years
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      a lunar orbit space station within 8 years
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      back to the Moon surface within the 50th of the Apollo 11
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      a lunar outpost within 2020
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      the robotic exploration of great part of the Moon within 2025
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      a manned orbital Mars base on Phobos within 2025
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      the robotic exploration of great part of Mars within 2030
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      the first manned Mars landing within 2030
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      the colonization of Mars to start from 2035
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      February 27, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT

    if you fart in space will it propell you? and what if you fart and sneeze at the same time? would you spin in a circle?

    February 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT

    which one is the male? the space shuttle or the iss?

    February 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan Grove

    We should not make fun of astronouts or outer space exploration.
    It is the literal hope for the future of all mankind..

    February 26, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shuttle

    We've both got innies and outies so you figure it out. I just wanted to drop off the iss's TV and well you know.. One last time for old times sake. Bad news is I think I'm leaking propellant. Kinda burns when I re-enter.

    February 26, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      i knew the the space shuttle went both ways...

      February 26, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mr_Serious

    Yes how dare you be a space enthusiast and have a sense of humor!? I'm going back to my suduko and fleshlight now, but I've got my eye on you!

    February 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Russian astronaut aboard the I.S.S. Currently in orbit at this time

    Yeah-were all ok up here . Dont worry about us. How is every thing down there on the surface of the Earth. Will be home soon . But at times I feel like car-jacking that shuttle when its here and joyriding it back to earth and landing it at Moscow international airport.. Hmmm..... That shuttles here right now too ??....

    February 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Shuttle discovery

    Yes, RUFFNUTT and the shuttle knows u go both ways too , we should get together someday and swing on over to venus , I hear they got some hot chicks !! W/diks out there .. Are u game? get back w/me ......

    February 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CharlieSheen

    Hey has anyone seen my blow? A few articles down? Thanks!... Oh men are from mars women are from venus, earth is where you wanna be for some hermaph action!

    February 26, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Shuttle discovery

    PLLL-UUUHUU-HU -UUULLLHHPPP- LP. "AA-WWW I just farted out here"..... Thank God every one is in-side ........... (cough-cough) uaohh..... O my god is that smell from ME !.....

    February 26, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    *Facepalm*

    February 26, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    Ground control to Major Tom...

    February 26, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Star-Date 2011 Shuttle discovery commander/pilot

    As the commander was shutting down flight systems being the only one on board as the shuttle was docked to the I.S.S. and turning to his right hesaw someone in his seat He shouted to the person "hey who the fuk are you and what are u doing sitting in seat !! ....... To be cont.

    February 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RUFFNUTT

    why not just leave the shuttle up there anyways? i'm sure they could use it for spare parts... or a broom closet...

    February 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Star-Date 2011 Shuttle discovery SU-LU/enterprise

    Cont.......... Upon hearing this the young china-man turned in reply "Im SU-LU and who the fuk are u ! And wheres Kirk and Spock ! Cause we're ready to BOUNCE !!......

    February 26, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
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