Crew Prepares for STS-133

The International Space Station’s Expedition 25 crew Monday prepared for the arrival of the STS-133 space shuttle mission next month. Flight Engineer Scott Kelly gathered tools that will be used during two spacewalks to be performed by STS-133 Mission Specialists Tim Kopra and Alvin Drew. Commander Doug Wheelock inspected the hatches in the U.S. segment of the orbital complex, and controllers on the ground moved the Dextre remote manipulator system onto a power and data grapple fixture on the Destiny Laboratory in advance of the installation of the Permanent Multipurpose Module that will be delivered by the shuttle crew.

STS-133 is slated to begin with the launch of space shuttle Discovery Nov. 1 from Kennedy Space Center, Fla.