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Space Shuttle Discovery and its seven-member
STS-131 crew head toward Earth orbit
and rendezvous with the International
Space Station. Liftoff was at 6:21 a.m.
(EDT) on April 5, 2010, from launch pad
39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
Onboard are NASA astronauts Alan
Poindexter, commander; James P. Dutton
Jr., pilot; Rick Mastracchio, Dorothy
Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson
and Clayton Anderson; along with Japan
Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
astronaut Naoko Yamazaki, all mission
The 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. The crew also will
switch out a gyroscope on the station's
truss structure, 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
Date: April 5, 2010.
Credits: NASA Johnson Space Center