In this image taken on Feb. 28, 2011, NASA astronaut Alvin Drew participates in the STS-133 mission’s first spacewalk as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. During the six-hour, 34-minute spacewalk, Drew and NASA astronaut Steve Bowen (out of frame) installed the J612 power extension cable, moved a failed ammonia pump module to the External Stowage Platform 2 on the Quest Airlock for return to Earth at a later date, installed a camera wedge on the right hand truss segment, installed extensions to the mobile transporter rail and exposed the Japanese “Message in a Bottle” experiment to space.

Drew flew on two space shuttle missions, STS-118 (Aug. 8 -21, 2007) and STS-133 (Feb. 24 – March 9, 2011). STS-118 was the 119th space shuttle flight, the 22nd flight to the station, and the 20th flight for Endeavour. During the mission Endeavour’s crew successfully added another truss segment, a new gyroscope and external spare parts platform to the space station. STS-133 was the 39th and final mission for Space Shuttle Discovery. During the 13-day flight, the Discovery crew delivered the Permanent Multipurpose Module and the fourth Express Logistics Carrier to the station. The crew also delivered critical spare components including Robonaut 2, or R2, the first human-like robot in space.

Prior to NASA, Drew was U.S. Air Force pilot with more than 25 years experience. Colonel Drew retired from the Air Force in September 2010. He has more than 3,500 hours flying experience and has piloted 30 different types of aircraft.

Video: Down to Earth- To the Moon and Beyond. In this is the final episode of Season 1 of Down to Earth, Alvin Drew recounts the wonder of viewing planet Earth from space, and the necessity to keep pushing the bounds of exploration.

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在这张摄于2011年2月28日的照片中,NASA宇航员阿尔文·德鲁参与了STS-133任务的首次太空行走,国际空间站的建设和维护仍在继续。在长达6小时34分钟的太空行走中,NASA宇航员史蒂夫·鲍恩(在镜头外)安装了J612动力延长索,将一个失灵的氨泵模块移到太空舱内的外部装载平台2上,以便稍后返回地球,在右侧桁架段安装了摄像机楔,在移动运输轨道上安装了延长装置,并将日本的“瓶子里的信息”实验暴露在太空中。

德鲁参加了两次航天飞机任务,STS-118(2007年8月8日-21日)和STS-133(2011年2月24日- 3月9日)。STS-118是航天飞机的第119次飞行,第22次飞往空间站,也是奋进号的第20次飞行。在这次任务中,奋进号的工作人员成功地为空间站添加了另一个桁架部分,一个新的陀螺仪和外部备件平台。STS-133是发现号航天飞机的第39次也是最后一次任务。在13天的飞行中,发现号机组人员向空间站交付了永久性多用途舱和第四艘快速物流运输船。机组人员还交付了关键的备件,包括第一个进入太空的类人机器人Robonaut 2(或称R2)。

在加入NASA之前,德鲁是美国空军飞行员,有超过25年的经验。德鲁上校于2010年9月从空军退役。他拥有超过3500小时的飞行经验,曾驾驶过30种不同类型的飞机。

视频脚踏实地-月球和更远的地方。这是《脚踏实地》第一季的最后一集,阿尔文·德鲁讲述了从太空观看地球的奇妙之处,以及不断推进探索极限的必要性。

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