When the space shuttle Discovery makes its way back to Earth today, the crew will enjoy a celebration with the STS-133 Crew Return Ceremony at Ellington Airport’s Hangar 276 in Houston. Then directly following that, Riders in the Sky are scheduled to perform for an additional celebration that’s open to the public.
The group’s single Woody’s Roundup, from the Toy Story 2 soundtrack was the wakeup music for the STS-133 crew last Saturday morning, while they were still in space. Riders in the Sky has been around for three decades and have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre.
This is the 39th and final mission for Discovery. It is also the 133rd flight of the space shuttle program. During the STS-133 mission, the shuttle and its crew of six Americans docked with the International Space Station, delivered the Permanent Multipurpose Module, the Express Logistics Carrier 4, a humanoid robot called Robonaut, and provided critical spare components for the station.
Gates open at 3:30 p.m. to the public.