Good news! After months of delays, Space Shuttle Mission STS-133 is scheduled to launch on Thursday February 24, 2011 at 4:50 PM, EST from the Kennedy Space Center, FL - USA.
Let's hope for a spectacular lift-off and a safe return. In addition to carrying a large portion of our Fluxface in Space images, the Space Shuttle Discovery will deliver the Express Logistics Carrier-4 (ELC-4), a Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) and critical spare components to the International Space Station.
Update: The final mission STS-134 is scheduled for late April 2011. The actual date is uncertain at this time.
For those who haven't heard, the commander of this final Shuttle Mission, STS-134, will be Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who was seriously wounded by a gunman on January 8, 2011 in an assassination attempt. Gabrielle is making a remarkable recovery and it is hoped she will be attending the launch ceremony.
Gary A. Bibb