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Space Shuttle Discovery STS-131 is the 33rd shuttle mission to the International
Space Station. It was launched on 5 April 2010 from Kennedy Space Center's
launch pad 39A. This will be the final mission with a seven person crew.
Space Shuttle Discovery 131 is the 131st shuttle flight and Discoveryís 38th
STS-131 is the second shuttle flight in 2010.
STS-131 will mark the first time that two Japanese astronauts,
Naoko Yamazaki from the Shuttle crew, and Soichi Noguchi on the ISS, have been
in space together.
The primary payload is a Multi-Purpose Logistics Module loaded with supplies and
equipment for the International Space Station. The mission will also remove and
replace an ammonia tank assembly outside the station and return a Lightweight
Adapter Plate Assembly (LWAPA) plate, located on the Columbus module. The
mission also includes several on-board payloads; this mission has the most
payloads since STS-107.
Launch: 6:21 a.m. EDT - April 5, 2010
Mission Number: STS-131 (131st space shuttle flight)
Launch Window: 10 minutes
Launch Pad: 39A
Mission Duration: 14 days
Landing Site: KSC
Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles
Primary Payload: 33rd station flight (19A), Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Commander Alan Poindexter will lead the STS-131 mission to the
International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery. Jim
Dutton will serve as the pilot. Mission Specialists are Rick
Mastracchio, Clay Anderson, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie
Wilson and Naoko Yamazaki of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
Discovery will deliver a multi-purpose logistics module filled with
science racks to be transferred to laboratories on the International
Space Station. The mission will feature three spacewalks.
Mastracchio and Anderson will conduct three six-and-a-half-hour-long
spacewalks on flight days 5, 7 and 9 to replace an ammonia tank
assembly, retrieve a Japanese experiment from the stationís exterior
and switch out a rate gyro assembly on the S0 element of the
The crew of Space Shuttle Atlantis
STS-131 consist of 7 astronauts:
1. Alan Poindexter (Commander) (2nd
2. James Dutton (Pilot)
3. Richard Mastracchio (Mission
4. Dorothy M. Metcalf-Lindenburger (Mission
Stephanie Wilson ((Mission
Specialist) (1st spaceflight)
Naoko Yamazaki (Mission Specialist) (JAXA) 1st spaceflight)
7. Clayton Anderson (Mission Specialist) (2nd spaceflight)
Did you know?
* Metcalf-Lindenburger is one of the three
former school teachers selected as mission specialists in the 2004
Educator Astronaut Class.
* After STS-131, Space Shuttle Discoveryís last
flight is STS-133.
STS-133 is the
final mission for Discovery and last flight of the Space Shuttle
* STS-131 will be only the third mission in the
Space Shuttle program to carry three female astronauts. Missions
STS-40 and STS-96 were the first and the second.
NASA - STS-131:
Official page includes Mission information,
Biography and source of shuttle crew picture.
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