March 1, 2011

Discovery’s Final Mission Extended By One Day

NASA said on Tuesday that space shuttle Discovery's mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has been extended an extra day and is now scheduled to return back to Earth on March 8.

"The extension day will be devoted to emptying the Permanent Multipurpose Module and moving supplies between Discovery and station," NASA said in a tweet.

The shuttle embarked on its final voyage into space on February 24.  It is the first of three U.S. shuttles to be retired this year.

Endeavour is set to take off on its final mission April 19, followed by space shuttle Atlantis on June 28. 

Discovery's mission will last 12 days, with a second spacewalk planed for Wednesday.

The first spacewalk was completed on Monday after installing preparations for the addition of a permanent storage module.


Image Caption: Backdropped by a cloud-covered part of Earth, space shuttle Discovery is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 26 crew member as the shuttle approaches the International Space Station during STS-133 rendezvous and docking operations. Docking occurred at 2:14 p.m. EST on Feb. 26, 2011. Image Credit: NASA


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