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STS-131, the 33rd shuttle mission to the International Space Station, will deliver the multi-purpose logistics module [i]Leonardo[/i] filled with science racks to be transferred to the orbiting laboratory. The flight will feature three spacewalks.
Alan Poindexter will command space shuttle Discovery's STS-131 crew. Jim Dutton will serve as the pilot. Mission specialists are Rick Mastracchio, Stephanie Wilson, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Clay Anderson and Naoko Yamazaki of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
Discovery is targeted to launch the STS-131 mission on April 5, 2010.
At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery was moved from Orbiter Processing Facility-3 (OPF-3) to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) on Feb. 22, 2010. In the VAB, Discovery will be lifted into a high bay where it will be mated to its external tank and solid rocket boosters.
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