Crew: Commander Steven Lindsey (5), Pilot Eric Boe (2), Stephen G. Bowen (3), Michael Barratt (2), Nicole Stott (2), Alvin Drew (2)
Of interest: 35th mission to the ISS. The final mission of Discovery, which ended its career with 365 days in space and more than 148 million miles traveled. Originally slated to have been the final flight of the shuttle program, but problems with STS-134's payload pushed Endeavour to at least a February 2011 launch (later pushed to April 19, 2011), making that orbiter potentially the last of the program, although a planned STS-135 for Atlantis could in fact be the final launch. Discovery delivered the what was formally one of the three Multi-Purpose Logistics Modules -- Leonardo -- but was converted to permanent storage space for the ISS. Also delivered were the third of four Express Logistics Carriers, Robonaut 2 and critical spare components to the ISS. Discovery has been promised to the Smithsonian after its final mission. Lindsey stepped down from his position of Chief Astronaut to command this mission. Both Barratt and Stott were in space as part of Expedition 20 when the crew announcements were made. Stott attended both Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach and UCF in Orlando. Bowen replaced Timothy Kopra as crew after Kopra broke his hip in a bicycling accident.
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