Photos of Discovery's Final Mission: STS-133

The Gang's All Here


Space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 crew and the space station's Expedition 26 crew members speak with reporters during an in-flight interview on Feb. 27, 2011, the mission's fourth day.

Shuttle Discovery and the PMM Space Closet


The docked space shuttle Discovery and the Canadian-built Dextre, also known as the Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator, are featured in this photograph taken by the STS-133 crew aboard the station. The blackness of space and Earth's horizon provide the backdrop for the scene.

Hello, Discovery!


Space shuttle Discovery is seen pulling up to the International Space Station on Feb. 26, 2010 during docking day for its final space mission STS-133. Italian astroanut Paolo Nespoli took this photo from inside the station. A Russian spacecraft is visible at top.

A Moon With a View


A crescent moon is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery during flight day 3 activities on Feb. 26, 2011 during the shuttle's final mission.

Discovery Docked at Space Station with Japan's HTV-2


NASA's space shuttle Discovery is shown docked to the International Space Station shortly after arriving on Feb. 26, 2011. The gold spacecraft at the bottom of this view is Japan's HTV-2 spacecraft.

Over a Blue Earth


With a bright blue Earth in the background, the shuttle Discovery's robotic arm and heat shield inspection boom begins to conduct thorough inspections of the shuttle's thermal tile system on Feb. 25, 2011, flight day 2 of the shuttle's final spaceflight.

Space Station in Sight


The International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery as the shuttle approaches the station during rendezvous and docking operation on Feb. 27, 2011.

Discovery Astronauts Take a Break


Astronauts Alvin Drew and Nicole Stott, both STS-133 mission specialists, take a break from flight day 2 duties on Discovery's aft flight deck on Feb. 25, 2011 during the STS-133 mission.

Discovery Sets Sail for Space


Space shuttle Discovery heads to space after lifting off from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to begin its final flight to the International Space Station on the STS-133 mission. See more photos from Discovery's final mission to space.

Permission to Come Aboard

NASA/Sandra Joseph and Kevin O'Connell

In the White Room at Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, United Space Alliance spacesuit technicians help STS-133 Mission Specialist Nicole Stott put on the parachute for her launch-and-entry suit before she enters space shuttle Discovery through the crew hatch in the background.

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