Photos of Discovery's Final Mission: STS-133

The Astronaut's Eye View


Backdropped by Earth's horizon and the blackness of space, the Cupola of the International Space Station and a docked Russian Progress spacecraft are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 26 crew member while space shuttle Discovery (STS-133) remains docked with the station on March 2, 2011.

Soyuz, ISS and Earth


A docked Russian Soyuz spacecraft (right) backdropped by the thin line of Earth's atmosphere and the blackness of space is featured in this image, which was taken by the STS-133 crew. The image also features a portion of the International Space Station's Quest airlock and solar array panels.

President Obama Makes a Call

Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton

President Barack Obama makes a phone call with the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station from the Oval Office, March 3, 2011. Listening in the background are, from left: Ted Wackler, Acting Chief of Staff, Office of Science and Technology; Damon Wells, Assistant Director for Aeronautics and Space, Office of Science and Technology; and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

Riding a Robot Arm in Space


Discovery STS-133 astronaut Steve Bowen stands at the tip of the International Space Station's Canadian robotic arm, with the Earth and space shuttle in the background, during the second spacewalk of his mission on March 2, 2011.

The Zero G Dozen of Discovery and ISS


The crews of the International Space Station (Expedition 26) and the shuttle Discovery (STS-133) pose for a photo inside the newly attached Leonardo storage module, known as the Permanent Multipurpose Module, on March 1, 2011. They are (clockwise from the lower left) NASA astronauts Scott Kelly,; STS-133 mission specialists Alvin Drew, Steve Bowen, Nicole Stott; Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Kaleri, NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev , STS-133 commander Steve Lindsey; European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli; STS-133 pilot Eric Boe; and mission specialists Michael Barratt.

Spacewalking With a Smile


Astronauts Steve Bowen and Alvin Drew wave during the first spacewalk of their STS-133 mission on Feb. 28, 2011 while working outside the International Space Station during the final flight of space shuttle Discovery

Astronaut Nicole Stott wearing glasses aboard Discovery on STS-133


NASA astronaut Nicole Stott, STS-133 mission specialist, wears "normal" glasses while working with a still camera on the middeck of space shuttle Discovery during flight day three activities.

Steve Bowen and Al Drew Working Outside the ISS


ESA Astronaut Paoli Nespoli snapped this photo of Discovery shuttle astroanuts Alvin Drew and Steven Bowen during the first spacewalk of their STS-133 mission on Feb. 28, 2011.

Astronaut Alvin Drew Collects Bottle of Space


The view from spacewalker Alvin Drew's helmet cam shows him opening the "Message in a Bottle" to capture space.

Special Delivery for Space Station: A Zero G Closet


The Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module Leonardo being attached to the International Space Station, March 1, 2011, flight day 5 of NASA's STS-133 mission aboard the shuttle Discovery.

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