Launch and Landing

    Mission: STS-131
    Space Shuttle: Discovery
    Primary Payload: Leonardo multi-purpose logistics module
    Launch Date: April 5, 2010
    Launch Time: 6:21 a.m. EDT
    Launch Pad: 39A
    Landing: April 20, 2010
    Landing Time: 9:08 a.m. EDT
    Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
    Mission Duration: 15 days
    Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

    Space shuttle Discovery launches.

    Image above: Space shuttle Discovery lifts off Launch Pad 39A into the predawn darkness to begin the STS-131 mission. Image credit: Scott Andrews
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    Space shuttle Discovery lands.

    Image above: Space shuttle Discovery rolls along the Shuttle Landing Facility runway at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Image credit: NASA/Sandra Joseph and Kevin O'Connell
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    Astronaut Clayton Anderson and the rest of the Discovery crew in front of Discovery after landing.

    Image above: With the rest of Discovery's crew behind him, astronaut Clayton Anderson, STS-131 mission specialist and spacewalker, comments on the mission. Image credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann
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    STS-131: Discovery and Crew Complete a Round-trip Mission to the Space Station

    Space shuttle Discovery and a crew of seven astronauts headed to space on April 5, 2010, beginning a 15-day mission to the International Space Station. Discovery's two solid rocket boosters ignited right on schedule at 6:21 a.m. EDT, sending the shuttle soaring past the launch tower at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

    Once aboard the space station, the combined crew members numbered 13. Those among their ranks provided two firsts: Not only was it the first time four women astronauts flew in space together, but it also was the first time two crew members from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency were in space at the same time. The mission featured three spacewalks as the outfitting of the space station continues.

    Weather caused a first-day wave off for landing, but touchdown came at 9:08 a.m. EDT on April 20, 2010, ending a successful mission back where it started in Florida.

    Faced with a few technical difficulties along the way, both crew and mission mangers pronounced the mission a complete success. After stepping off Discovery following landing, Mission Specialist Clayton Anderson, who participated in the mission's three spacewalks, summed it up: "We had a lot of adversity, but we overcame it all with some great teamwork."

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STS-131: Teamwork Overcomes Mission's Challenges

Astronaut Rick Mastracchio

Shuttle, station and ground crews make mission a success.

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Teacher's School Spirit Hitches Ride on Discovery

The STS-131 mission patch

The astronauts of STS-131 are carrying a diverse range of souvenirs to celebrate their achievements.

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IV Water Filter May Open Medical Options for Astronauts

Dr. Philip Scarpa and DeVon Griffin

A NASA doctor designed a system to filter water so purely it can be used in IVs in space, and on Earth.

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STS-131 Mission Stats

    Mission Elapsed Time:
    15 days, 2 hours, 47 minutes, 10 seconds

    Total Miles Traveled:
    More than 6.2 million

    Official Landing Times
    Main gear touchdown:
    9:08:35 a.m. EDT
    Nose gear touchdown:
    9:08:47 a.m. EDT
    Wheels stop:
    9:09:33 a.m. EDT

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