Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Discovery and Crew arrange for STS-131 Mission

Commander Alan Poindexter is position to lead the STS-131 mission to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery.

Union 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 packed with science racks for the laboratories aboard the station. The mission has three planned spacewalks, with work to comprise 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.

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

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