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The Mission




Orbiter: Discovery
Mission: STS-131
Payload: Leonardo
Launch: April 5, 2010
Time: 6:21 a.m. EDT
Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center
Landing: April 20 @ 9:08 a.m. EDT
Site: KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility

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STS-131 Video Coverage

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Countdown Timeline

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STS-131 Mission Coverage


Shuttle Discovery safely returns to Florida spaceport

Space shuttle Discovery soared across the heartland of America to the Florida spaceport Tuesday for landing at 9:08 a.m. EDT. Discovery's penultimate trek to the International Space Station brought literally tons of new research equipment, life-supporting provisions and spare hardware to stock the shelves of the orbiting outpost. Spacewalkers also exchanged a massive external ammonia tank to replenish the coolant reserves for the thermal control plumbing.

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   IMAGES: LANDING GALLERY
   IMAGES: SHUTTLE TOWED TO HANGAR
   IMAGES: LANDING DAY COMPILATION

   GROUND TRACK: ORBIT 237 INTO KENNEDY
   GROUND TRACK: ORBIT 238 INTO EDWARDS
   GROUND TRACK: ORBIT 238 INTO KENNEDY
   GROUND TRACK: ORBIT 239 INTO EDWARDS
   GROUND TRACK: ORBIT 240 INTO EDWARDS
   NASA TV SCHEDULE REV. O (.pdf download)
   STS-131 FLIGHT PLAN
   OUR MISSION ARCHIVE
   MOVIES: HIGH DEFINITION VIDEO
   MOVIES: STANDARD DEFINITION VIDEO
   STORE: STS-131 PATCH (free U.S. shipping)
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Weather keeps Discovery in orbit for another day

Weather conditions simply not suitable for landing the powerless space shuttle precluded Discovery's voyage home to the Kennedy Space Center on Monday morning. The spacecraft will remain in orbit for an additional day and try again Tuesday.

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   EARLIER PREVIEW STORY

   GROUND TRACK: MONDAY'S FIRST LANDING OPPORTUNITY
   GROUND TRACK: MONDAY'S SECOND LANDING OPPORTUNITY
   NASA TV SCHEDULE REV. N (.pdf download)
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Shuttle to streak across America during re-entry

The Discovery astronauts tested the shuttle's re-entry systems Sunday and packed up for landing Monday at the Kennedy Space Center, weather permitting, to close out a space station resupply mission with a fiery dawn plunge across the heartland of America.

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   GROUND TRACK: MONDAY'S FIRST LANDING OPPORTUNITY
   GROUND TRACK: MONDAY'S SECOND LANDING OPPORTUNITY
   NASA TV SCHEDULE REV. N (.pdf download)
   STS-131 FLIGHT PLAN
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   MOVIES: STANDARD DEFINITION VIDEO
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One more look back at space shuttle Discovery's launch

Onboard rocket camera footage always dazzles and the video from Discovery's external fuel tank and solid boosters didn't disappoint during the predawn blastoff April 5. The inspiring views of the spacecraft rocketing toward orbit are presented here for Spaceflight Now+Plus users with launch audio.

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Departing Discovery leaves station stocked with supplies

The Discovery astronauts bid their station counterparts farewell early Saturday, sharing a final round of hugs and handshakes before moving back aboard the shuttle and undocking from the lab complex at 8:52 a.m. EDT. Discovery is scheduled to land in Florida on Monday morning, weather permitting.

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Discovery crew puts away module, scans heat shield

The Discovery astronauts parked the Leonardo cargo module in the shuttle's payload bay Friday and carried out a final heat shield inspection to set the stage for undocking Saturday from the International Space Station.

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Leonardo module leaves station after day-long wait

The Leonardo cargo module was detached from the International Space Station late Thursday after a lengthy delay due to problems with a berthing mechanism controller. It was parked overnight in a "low hover" position just above the shuttle's payload bay and the astronauts plan to complete the installation early Friday.

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NASA rules out extra EVA for Discovery's spacewalkers

Flight controllers have decided not to add a fourth spacewalk to the shuttle Discovery's mission to replace a nitrogen tank in the International Space Station's ammonia coolant system, concluding the system can safely operate for an extended period despite a stuck valve preventing normal pressurization.

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Station glitch could prompt spacewalk repair this week

NASA planners are considering adding an unscheduled fourth spacewalk to shuttle Discovery's mission to replace a nitrogen tank assembly that has a stuck valve impeding the International Space Station's critical cooling system.

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Spacewalking duo wraps up station coolant tank swap

Discovery astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Clay Anderson have completed their three arduous spacewalks for the mission to replace a spent ammonia coolant reservoir on the International Space Station and stow the old tank aboard the shuttle for return to Earth. They encountered some frustrating struggles with troublesome bolts along the way but got the job done. Over 20 hours of EVA time was accumulated to complete the tank exchange, plus other maintenance chores outside the outpost and "get-ahead" tasks for future missions.

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   STUCK VALVE IN COOLING SYSTEM
   SPACEWALK NO. 3 COMPLETED
   OLD TANK STOWED IN SHUTTLE BAY
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Russian president calls ISS for Cosmonautics Day
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called the International Space Station early Monday to mark the 49th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic flight, suggesting an international space summit to discuss ongoing and future cooperative ventures on the high frontier.
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Astronauts take a breather at mission's half-way mark

The Discovery astronauts looked forward to a half day off early Monday to relax, share a meal with their space station counterparts and enjoy the view from 220 miles up. Later in the day, they will resume cargo transfer work before gearing up for a third and final spacewalk early Tuesday.

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Spacewalkers replenish station's coolant supply

A pair of experienced spacewalkers went outside the International Space Station on Sunday morning to remove a spent ammonia coolant tank and install a reservoir of fresh coolant for the outpost's network of thermal plumbing. Lengthy struggles to get the 1,700-pound structure bolted down, however, put the astronauts well behind schedule and caused Mission Control to postpone hooking up the fluid lines to the new tank until a future EVA.

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   NEW TANK INSTALLED AFTER BOLT TROUBLES
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Crew discusses upcoming spacewalks, space summit

Spacewalkers Rick Mastracchio and Clay Anderson, along with robot arm operator Stephanie Wilson, fielded questions from reporters early Saturday, taking a few moments to discuss the crew's upcoming spacewalks, a "space summit" next week and the 40th anniversary of Apollo 13.

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Extra day added to space shuttle Discovery's mission

The shuttle Discovery's mission to the International Space Station has been extended one day to give the astronauts more time to conduct a final heat shield inspection while docked to the lab complex. Landing is now expected on April 19.

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Spacewalk choreography to replace station's coolant tank

Astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Clay Anderson took a six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk Friday, the first of three excursions required to install a 1,700-pound ammonia coolant tank on the International Space Station's solar power truss.

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   SPACEWALK A SUCCESS
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Delivery van pulls up to the International Space Station

The Italian-made Leonardo module rose from shuttle Discovery's payload bay and merged with the International Space Station on Thursday, kicking off the hectic work to unload tons of new equipment, science gear and provisions out of the cargo-delivery vessel.

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Shuttle Discovery docks to space station right on time

Commander Alan Poindexter, manually flying Discovery from the shuttle's aft flight deck, guided the spaceplane to a picture-perfect docking with the International Space Station early Wednesday after performing a flawless, "radar failed" rendezvous.

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Crew inspects shuttle, but data downlink has to wait

The Discovery astronauts carried out a detailed inspection of the shuttle's carbon composite nose cap and wing leading edge panels early Tuesday, storing video files on board because of a Ku-band antenna failure that is preventing high-speed data transmission to mission control.

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Discovery's Ku-band antenna likely lost for the mission

The shuttle Discovery's Ku-band antenna system, used as a radar dish during rendezvous operations and to transmit video and data to and from the ground through NASA communications satellites, suffered a malfunction of some sort after the shuttle reached orbit Monday.

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Space shuttle Discovery soars into predawn sky

Shuttle Discovery's mission to deliver critical resupply items and new science hardware to the International Space Station began as scheduled at 6:21 a.m. EDT (1021 GMT) Monday.

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Shuttle mission preview: Trucking cargo to space

The shuttle Discovery, carrying a crew of seven and 10 tons of supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station, is poised for blastoff Monday on a three-spacewalk mission to deliver ammonia coolant, experiment hardware, a darkroom, a crew hygiene station and an experiment sample freezer.

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Discovery's pilot is ready to achieve life-long aspiration

Growing up in a generation that's known only the space shuttle, Jim Dutton's life dream of becoming an astronaut will rocket him to orbit aboard Discovery in one of the final voyages of the iconic spaceplanes.

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Soyuz capsule arrives at International Space Station
On the eve of the shuttle Discovery's launch on a space station resupply mission, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft completed a smooth docking with the international lab complex early Sunday, boosting the station's crew from three to six.
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Shuttle Discovery's launch countdown going smoothly
NASA's Mission Management Team reviewed the shuttle Discovery's launch processing Saturday, discussed two recent booster issues and received a favorable weather forecast, giving engineers a unanimous "go" to proceed with launch Monday on a space station resupply mission.
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Soyuz crew transport capsule launches to orbit
Aiming for a six-month mission at the International Space Station, two rookie Russian cosmonauts and a former American space shuttle astronaut launched aboard a Soyuz capsule Friday at 12:04 a.m. EDT.
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Countdown clocks begin ticking for Discovery launch
With good weather expected, the shuttle Discovery's countdown began early Friday, setting the stage for a pre-dawn Monday launch to kick off a space station science and resupply mission.
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Space shuttle crew comes to town for Monday's launch
With their training in Houston now complete, the seven space shuttle Discovery astronauts flew to the Florida spaceport Thursday morning in preparation for Monday's predawn blastoff to the International Space Station.
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NASA clears space shuttle Discovery for April 5 launch
With signs at the entrance of Kennedy Space Center reading "10 days to launch" for the space shuttle Discovery, senior NASA officials Friday held their Flight Readiness Review and blessed plans to proceed toward the April 5 blastoff.
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Shuttle Discovery pressing onward to April 5 launch
The Leonardo cargo-delivery module and new ammonia coolant reservoir for the International Space Station were loaded into shuttle Discovery's payload bay at pad 39A Wednesday as preparations continue on schedule for the April 5 launch.
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The reusable hauler of supplies to the International Space Station was delivered to the launch pad Friday morning, ready for shuttle Discovery to truck the cargo-laden module to the orbiting outpost next month.
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More testing planned on shuttle Discovery problem
NASA officials have ordered additional testing to understand the ramifications from an internal valve problem in shuttle Discovery that has the potential to delay the April 5 launch.
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Valve problem threatens to delay April shuttle launch
Engineers are troubleshooting the apparent failure of a helium isolation valve in the shuttle Discovery's right-side orbital maneuvering system rocket pod, officials said Saturday. If the problem cannot be resolved at the pad - and sources said the engineering options are limited - NASA could be forced to haul the shuttle back to its hangar for repairs, delaying a planned April 5 launch.
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Shuttle boss says extending program still feasible
Clarifying what he described as "a big misconception," the shuttle program manager said Tuesday that NASA's vendors could restart production and deliver the parts and hardware needed to extend shuttle flights beyond the current September retirement target.
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Next shuttle crew runs through mock countdown
The Discovery astronauts donned their bright orange spacesuits and went to the launch pad Friday to board the space shuttle for a countdown dress rehearsal and emergency evacuation training.
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Discovery perched atop launch pad for April flight
Shuttle Discovery journeyed to the launch pad overnight at barely a walking pace, but the spacecraft will soar to orbital speeds next month to haul a load of science equipment and supplies to the International Space Station.
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Discovery astronauts ready for practice countdown
The one-day delay in space shuttle Discovery's move to the launch pad didn't keep the seven astronauts away from the Kennedy Space Center, as commander Alan Poindexter and his crew jetted into the spaceport Monday for this week's emergency training and countdown dress rehearsal.
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Discovery goes airborne inside assembly building
Before the shuttle Discovery can meet up with its fuel tank and solid rocket boosters, massive cranes must muscle the 100-ton spaceplane high into the Vehicle Assembly Building. Spaceflight Now was there to capture the moment in these spectacular photo galleries.
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Discovery makes trip to Vehicle Assembly Building
The shuttle Discovery rolled from its processing hangar to the Vehicle Assembly Building on Monday morning. The orbiter will be mated to its fuel tank and solid rocket boosters this week, before moving to the launch pad on March 2.
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Next shuttle launch slips a couple of weeks to April 5
Launch of shuttle Discovery on the next mission to the International Space Station will slip from March 18 to April 5 because of an unusual cold snap in Florida that has delayed processing and to avoid having a shuttle at the lab when the next Russian Soyuz crew transport arrives.
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Cold weather may push Discovery launch into April
The shuttle Discovery will spend another week inside its processing hangar at Kennedy Space Center due to cold temperatures in Florida, likely forcing a launch delay until early April.
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Final Shuttle Mission Patch

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STS-134 Patch

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The final planned flight of space shuttle Endeavour is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-134. Available in our store!
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