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SOURCE OF ARTICLE: http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2010/03/sts-133-review-outlines-payload-tps-discussions/

''In all, Discovery’s payload for the STS-133 mission will be the ELC-4 (ExPRESS Logistics Carrier 4) and the Permanent Multi-purpose Module (PMM) for the ISS (International Space Station).
For the ELC-4, the pallet was delivered to the Kennedy Space Center via a C-5 transport on August 15, 2009 for receiving inspection and preliminary processing work for the STS-133/ULF-5 (Utilization and Logistics Flight 5) flight.

Currently, ELC-4 processing tasks are ahead of the pre-planned timelines.
Moreover, the first of the two primary cargo elements to be attached to the ELC-4 – the ExPCA #4 (ExPRESS Pallet Controller Avionics 4) – was delivered to Kennedy on February 19 with the HRSR (Heat Rejection System Radiator) FSE (Flight Support Equipment) expected to arrive on April 1.
Processing of the ELC and its cargo elements will become an integrated effort on May 19 when the ExPCA is scheduled for installation onto ELC-4. Installation of the HRSR ORU (Orbital Replacement Unit) onto ELC-4 is currently scheduled for June 3.''
 
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Agreed! Lotta first and interesting facts (and obviously, lasts) with STS-133.
1) Last Flight of Discovery
2) First non-EVA shuttle mission since STS-107 (no EVAs will be preformed, unless an emergency occurs)
3) Likely to become a 4 member crew
4) Last ISS module to be installed via SSP (PMM Leonardo)
5) Shorter-than-normal shuttle mission (8+1+2)
 
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Even though STS-133 is no longer the last shuttle mission, the payload, crew, and mission date still remains. Now that Discovery's in her OPF, this thread will serve up to the September launch.
 

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Also per Chris Bergin from NSF.com

More in depth evaluations going on and STS-133 is likely to slip. LON for STS-132 is protected.
 

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MMOD shielding being removed from PMM "Leonardo” in preparation for installation of new strengthened MMOD shielding from MPLM FM-3 “Donatello”.


Aft endcone now removed from PMM, ready for STS-131 rack removal.
 
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ET-137 arrived at KSC today.

Only one more ET to go, then that's the last we'll ever see of this sight. :(

 
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per Chris Bergin of NSF.com
We've been working on it in L2 for a week - still waiting for an official FAWG/Manifest CR for an article - but it's apparently starting to get mentioned another sites, so we'll note where we're at prior to an article with documentation...

...this mission is likely slipping to late November.

Bill Harwood (CBS) has apparently noted November 28.
 

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Hi,
is it really looking like Sept. 16 isn't going to happen for STS133? How far ahead of a launch is the date usually confirmed.

Thanks!
Jon
 

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Gotta admit, that if PMM Leonardo flies like that.. it would have the most livable volume than any part of the space station. Could do Skylab style run arounds in the PMM.
 

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Gotta admit, that if PMM Leonardo flies like that.. it would have the most livable volume than any part of the space station. Could do Skylab style run arounds in the PMM.
There will be 8 open rack bays inside the PMM! However, they will probably be packed with CTBs (Cargo Transfer Bags), so don't count on any Skylab-style runs! :lol:
 

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I'll be aboard STS-134...the last flight of the program and the last one to be flown by endeavour, the only orbiter younger than myself.
 

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The STS-133 crew are rehearsing their first EVA in the NBL (Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory) today.

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The right-hand OMS (Orbital Manoeuvring System) pod being removed from Discovery to be transferred to the Hypergolic Maintenance Facility.


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Additional images can be found at here.

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NASASpaceFlight Forum are reporting that the spacewalkers for this flight will be Tim Kopra & Benjamin Alvin Drew.
 
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