Thursday, March 03, 2011

Laid Back, Astronauts To Chat With Media

Discovery's astronauts are going to get a well-deserved breather today after a weeklong scramble to get to the International Space Station, deliver a new permanent storage module and perform two highly successful spacewalks.

The laid-back day in space will enable the six-member shuttle crew to have some time to enjoy the low Earth orbit oasis with the crew of the outpost.

The astronauts will field questions from television reporters during a series of round-robin interviews that are slated to begin at 8:08 a.m. A second set of in-flight media interviews is slated to begin at 10:33 a.m.

The joined crews of Discovery and the station will haul supplies and equipment between the linked spacecraft this morning, too. And then at 12:03 p.m., both crews will be cut loose for off-duty time.

You can watch the interviews and mission operations live here in The Flame Trench. Click the NASA TV box on the right side of the page to launch our NASA TV viewer and live 24/7 coverage of the STS-133 mission -- the 39th and final flight of the orbiter Discovery.

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