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Discovery and Crew Prepare for STS-131 Mission

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Mar 2, 2010 10:50 am via: NASA
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(NASA) – Commander Alan Poindexter is set to lead the STS-131 mission to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery. Joining Poindexter will be Pilot Jim Dutton and Mission Specialists Rick Mastracchio, Clay Anderson, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson and Naoko Yamazaki of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

Discovery will carry a multi-purpose logistics module filled with science racks for the laboratories aboard the station. The mission has three planned spacewalks, with work to include replacing an ammonia tank assembly, retrieving a Japanese experiment from the station’s exterior, and switching out a rate gyro assembly on the S0 segment of the station’s truss structure.

Discovery's STS-131 astronaut crew arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for their countdown dress rehearsal and related training.

Discovery's STS-131 astronaut crew arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for their countdown dress rehearsal and related training.

STS-131 will be the 33rd shuttle mission to the station.

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