On 27 June 2011 we were invited to satellite operator and communication specialist Inmarsat's London HQ, for a very special presentation by the NASA crew of Space Shuttle Discovery. The astronauts described their experiences on STS-133, the final mission of the Discovery orbiter vehicle, which blasted off on 24 February for its last-ever flight before retirement - a 12 day trip to the ISS. [caption id="attachment_4455" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="STS-133 crew at Inmarsat. From l-r, Nicole Stott, Steve Bowen, Eric Boe, Alvin Drew, Steve Lindsey, Michael Barratt. "][/caption] The crew consisted of: Cdr Steven Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe, Mission Specialist 1 Nicole Stott, Mission Specialist 2 Alvin Drew, Mission Specialist 3 Michael Barratt, and Mission Specialist 4 Stephen Bowen. [caption id="attachment_4456" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="STS-133 crew after the final landing of Discovery. (NASA)."][/caption] Watch the video below to hear them describe their experiences of the last ever flight of Discovery - with an introduction from Richard Denny, Senior Vice President of Global Networks & Engineering at Inmarsat. The presentation was given at Inmarsat's London HQ - which controls some 12 communications satellites in orbit - serving the maritime, aviation, media, NGO organistaion and other sectors with its global services. With thanks to Inmarsat for organising this event.

Tim Robinson
28 June 2011