Space shuttle Discovery is purged - providing cool and humidified air conditioning to the payload bay and other cavities to remove any residual explosive or toxic fumes – while still on the runway.
Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
The space shuttle fleet's final 10 missions, as outlined by NASA in July 2008:
Oct. 8, 2008 Atlantis (STS-125) heads to the Hubble Space Telescope to perform service operations.
Nov. 10, 2008 Endeavour (STS-126/ULF-2) will supply the space station and service the rotary joints that support the station?s solar arrays.
Feb. 12, 2009 Discovery (STS-119/15A) will kick off a five-flight 2009 by delivering the final pair of U.S. solar arrays to the space station.
May 15, 2009 Endeavour (STS-127/2JA) will set sail with the final permanent components for the Japanese Kibo Laboratory on the space station.
July 30, 2009 Atlantis (STS-128/17A) will launch carrying science and storage racks to the space station.
Oct. 15, 2009 Discovery (STS-129/ULF-3) will place spare components outside the space station.
Dec. 10, 2009 Endeavour (STS-130/20A) will close 2009 by delivering the final connecting node, Node 3, and the Cupola, a robotic control station that provides a 360-degree view around the station.
Feb. 11, 2010 Atlantis (STS-131/19A) begins the first flight in 2010, carrying a Multi-Purpose Logistics Module filled with science racks for the laboratories of the station.
April 8, 2010 Discovery (STS-132/ULF-4) will carry an integrated cargo carrier to deliver maintenance and assembly hardware, including spare parts for space station systems.
May 31, 2010 Endeavour (STS-133/ULF-5) will carry critical spare components that will be placed on the outside of the station.