STS-131 BRIEFING AND EVENTS SCHEDULE
03.26.10
 
All briefings are held inside the Kennedy news center auditorium and will be carried live on NASA Television unless otherwise noted. (All times Eastern)

L-4 Days - Thursday, April 1

Approximately 7 a.m. - STS-131 astronaut arrival

10 a.m. - Countdown Status Briefing
- Jeremy Graeber, NASA test director
- Joe Delai, STS-131 payload manager
- Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer

L-3 Days - Friday, April 2

3 a.m. - Countdown starts (not on NASA TV)

10 a.m. - Countdown Status Briefing
- Steve Payne, NASA test director
- Joe Delai, STS-131 payload manager
- Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer

L-2 Days - Saturday, April 3

12 p.m. (no earlier than) - Prelaunch News Conference
- Mike Moses, chair, Mission Management Team
- Pete Nickolenko, STS-131 launch director
- Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer

1 p.m. - International Space Station Science and Technology Briefing

Human Physiology
- Mark Uhran, assistant associate administrator for Space Station
- Clarence Sams, chief scientist, ISS medical project
- Dr. Scott Dulchavsky, ISS investigator, chairman, Department of Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit
- Nobuyoshi Fujimoto, JAXA’s associate senior engineer for Human Space Systems and Utilization

Commercial Partnerships
- Jason Crusan, chief technologist for Space Operations
- Darren Samplatsky, Sabatier engineering manager
- Marybeth Edeen, ISS national lab office manager
- Jeffrey Manber, managing director, NanoRacks LLC

3 p.m. – STS-131 – Biological Research in Canisters–16
- BRIC-16 Demo in Kennedy’s News Center (not on NASA TV)
  (on page 62 of STS-131 Press Kit)

3 p.m. - JAXA Briefing (not on NASA TV)

L-1 Day - Sunday, April 4

9:30 a.m. - Rotating Service Structure moves away from Discovery

8:45 p.m. - Fueling commentary coverage begins

Approx. 8:59 p.m. - Tanking begins

Launch day - Monday, April 5

1:15 a.m. - Continuous launch commentary coverage begins

Crew Activities: (times may vary slightly)
8 p.m. (April 4) - Crew wakes up (not on NASA TV)
1:54 a.m. -- Weather briefing (commander, pilot and mission specialist 2) (not on NASA TV)
About 2:04 a.m. -- Astronauts don flight suits
2:34 a.m. -- Depart for launch pad
3:04 a.m. -- Arrive at White Room and begin boarding Discovery
4:09 a.m. -- Close crew hatch

6:21 a.m. -- Launch

Launch + 1 hour - Post-launch News Conference
- Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations
- Mike Moses, chair, Mission Management Team
- Pete Nickolenko, STS-131 launch director

Kennedy News Center Office Hours for STS-131

Times may be adjusted in real time depending on mission events and timelines.

Thursday, April 1 --- (Launch minus 4 days) --- 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, April 2 --- (Launch minus 3 days) --- 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 3 --- (Launch minus 2 days) --- 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 4 --- (Launch minus 1 day) --- 8 a.m. - round the clock.
Monday, April 5 --- (Launch) Flight day 1 --- round the clock - 4:30 p.m.
April 6 - April 17 Flight days 2 - 12 --- 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (except weekends)
Sunday, April 18 --- (Landing) Flight day 13 --- 4:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Media Badging Schedule

News media may obtain STS-131 mission credentials from the Kennedy Space Center Pass and Identification Office on State Road 3. Office hours of operation are listed below.

Thursday, April 1 ----- 5 a.m. - 8 a.m.
Friday, April 2 ----- 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Saturday, April 3 ----- 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 4 ----- 7 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Monday, April 5 ----- 12 a.m. - 5 a.m.

News media are required to be escorted by NASA Public Affairs at all times while at Kennedy Space Center, except when at the news center or the Complex 39 cafeteria. No photography is allowed anywhere other than the press site unless prior permission is granted by NASA Public Affairs. News media are allowed at the press site only when public affairs personnel are on duty and the NASA News Center is open.

STS-131 Crew
Commander: Alan G. Poindexter
Pilot: James P. Dutton Jr.
Mission Specialist: Rick Mastracchio
Mission Specialist: Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger
Mission Specialist: Stephanie Wilson
Mission Specialist: Naoko Yamazaki
Mission Specialist: Clayton Anderson

For the latest information on the STS-131 crew and mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

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