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NASA provides detailed pictures of Discovery's survey maneuver

I remember being in middle school and our teachers wheeling a TV into our classroom so we could watch the beautiful shuttle launches that always sent a little twinge of national pride through me. I remember that cold day in January when I was home on a snow day and saw the Challenger fall out of the sky. I remember being called into work the day before my birthday when the Columbia met the same fate. I can't imagine not having this part of the space program in the background of my life. What are your thoughts on shuttle flights drawing to a close? Do you have any specific memories of the shuttle program? You can read more on Discovery's mission here.

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This view of the aft portion of the space shuttle Discovery was provided by an Expedition 26 crew member during a survey of the approaching STS-133 vehicle prior to docking with the International Space Station. As part of the survey and part of every mission's activities, Discovery performed a back-flip for the rendezvous pitch maneuver (RPM) The 'Discovery' with its crew of six veteran astronauts blasted off on Feb. 24 from the Kennedy Space Center on its final mission - an 11-day mission that includes docking with the International Space Station - bringing the celebrated space shuttle fleet closer to its end.

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This close-up view of the nose of space shuttle Discovery was provided by an Expedition 26 crew member during a survey of the approaching STS-133 vehicle prior to docking with the International Space Station.

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This view of the nose, the forward underside and crew cabin of the space shuttle Discovery was provided by an Expedition 26 crew member during a survey of the approaching STS-133 vehicle prior to docking with the International Space Station.

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A partial view of the port wing of the space shuttle Discovery was provided by an Expedition 26 crew member during a survey of the approaching STS-133 vehicle prior to docking with the International Space Station.