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Picture of the Day - 3-2-1 Lift Off

Published by Matt on Mon Apr 5, 2010 1:21 pm via: NASA
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Space shuttle Discovery’s engines ignited at 6:21 a.m. EDT Monday, April 5, for liftoff of the STS-131 mission from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The seven-member crew will deliver the multi-purpose logistics module Leonardo, filled with supplies, a new crew sleeping quarters and science racks that will be transferred to the International Space Station’s laboratories.

Liftoff of the STS-131 mission from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Credit: NASA/Troy Cryder

Liftoff of the STS-131 mission from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Credit: NASA/Troy Cryder

The crew also will switch out a gyroscope on the station’s truss, install a spare ammonia storage tank and retrieve a Japanese experiment from the station’s exterior. STS-131 is the 33rd shuttle mission to the station and the 131st shuttle mission.

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