Entries tagged with “STS-133”.


As we wait for the final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery, which was recently rescheduled for November 30th, we will take you back in time to August of 2005. After the Columbia disaster, high above Texas in 2003, the shuttle fleet was grounded as NASA engineers tried to assess the cause of the fatal accident. Two and a half years later, in July of 2005, it was time to fly again. STS-114 was the return to flight mission for the shuttle fleet, and Discovery was the shuttle chosen for this monumental occasion. Discovery lifted off on July 26th from Kennedy Space Center, and after a 2 week mission, landed safely back home at Edwards Air Force Base in California, due to bad weather on Florida’s east coast. On the morning of August 20th Discovery, sitting proudly atop its ride home, made it back to Florida, and on November 30, 2010 will fly for the last time. The picture below is from that day in August 2005. Hope you enjoy!!3791a - Copy

Once again, the Space Coast will be the place to be on Monday afternoon, November 1st, as Space Shuttle Discovery, and its 6 person crew, blasts off from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, on an 11 day mission to the International Space Station. STS-133 is the next to last scheduled shuttle launch, signaling an end of an era for America and the Space Coast. If at all possible, you should make your way to Brevard County for a look at history in the making. Along the river in Titusville is a prime viewing area, but my suggestion would be to get to the beach early on Monday afternoon, stake out a spot at Jetty Park or the Cocoa Beach Pier, enjoy the beach, and prepare yourself for the awesome liftoff at around 4:40 pm!!

Update: Launch has been pushed back to Wednesday, Nov. 3rd at 3:52 pm.

Latest Update: Launch pushed back to at least Nov. 30th.

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