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[b]STS-131 mission patch[/b]
STS-131 will deliver research and science experiment equipment, including the window observational research facility ([URL=http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/science/experiments/WORF.html]WORF[/URL]) and the muscle atrophy research and exercise ([URL=http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/science/experiments/MARES.html]MARE[/URL]) system rack, new crew quarters and supplies to the International Space Station aboard the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) [i]Leonardo[/i] carried in the shuttle's payload bay.
Alan "Dex" Pointdexter will command the mission, which is targeted to launch on the penultimate flight of Discovery in March 2010. James "Mash" Dutton will serve as pilot. The STS-131 mission specialists are Rick Mastracchio, Clay Anderson, Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Naoko Yamazaki.
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