With the STS-133 crew in tow, space shuttle Discovery lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 at 4:53 p.m. Eastern - her final ride to the International Space Station.
In addition to transporting Commander Steve Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe, and Mission Specialists Nicole Stott, Michael Barratt, Alvin Drew, and Steve Bowen, Discovery also carries the Express Logistics Carrier-4, and Robonaut 2, the first robot of its kind to fly into and work in space.
Attired in training versions of their shuttle launch and entry suits, the STS-133 crew members take a brief break for a portrait in the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center on March 31, 2010. From the left are NASA astronauts Tim Kopra and Alvin Drew, both mission specialists; Eric Boe, pilot; Steve Lindsey, commander; Michael Barratt and Nicole Stott, both mission specialists. NASA photo