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Images: Discovery's Last Launch

Posted February 28, 2011 2:34 PM by Steve Melito

Last week, NASA launched the space shuttle Discovery for the 39th and final time. The 11-day mission will deliver two key components to the International Space Station (ISS), and put the first humanoid robot into space. The Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) and Express Logistics Carrier 4 (ELC4) will provide the ISS with spare parts and storage capacity. Robonaut 2 (R2), a dexterous anthropomorphic robot designed and built at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, will be deployed on a fixed pedestal inside the ISS.

As with previous shuttle launches, CR4 is pleased to bring you a series of launch images from NASA photographer Joby Minor. These will probably be the last images that we receive from Joby, who has already begun a new assignment as the space shuttle program winds down.

To view all of the images in this collection, please click here to view the complete album on CR4_News, our Facebook page. (All photos courtesy of Joby Minor – copyright 2011).

Note: You don't have to belong to Facebook to view these extraordinary photographs. But if you are a member, we invite you to become a fan of CR4_News there. Just click the "Become a Fan" link. It's that simple!

Additional reading:

http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/491387main_STS-133%20Press%20Kit.pdf

http://robonaut.jsc.nasa.gov/default.asp

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