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9 p.m. CDT Friday, April 9, 2010
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
04.09.10
STATUS REPORT : STS-131-10
STS-131 MCC Status Report #10
HOUSTON – Upon waking, the seven astronauts onboard Discovery and the International Space Station’s Expedition 23 crew learned the mission would be extended one day to allow for a docked inspection of the shuttle’s thermal protection system.

This is the second time a TPS inspection has been done docked to the station. The first was during STS-123 in March 2008, when Endeavour left its Orbiter Boom Sensor System mounted to the station.

Discovery’s 8:21 p.m. wakeup call was “We Weren’t Born to Follow” by Bon Jovi, played for Mission Specialist Rick Mastracchio, who will be preparing for his fifth spacewalk and the second for the mission, planned for early Sunday.

The two crews will continue unpacking the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Naoko Yamazaki will be moving the Window Observational Research Facility (WORF), which will provide cameras, multispectral and hyperspectral scanners, camcorders and other instruments to capture Earth imagery through Destiny laboratory’s window.

At 4:56 a.m. Mastracchio and Mission Specialists Clayton Anderson and Stephanie Wilson will gather in the Harmony module to discuss the mission with Nebraska Public Radio, CBS Newspath and Radio Network and KETV-TV in Omaha.

At 9:36 a.m. Commander Alan G. Poindexter, Pilot James P. Dutton Jr. and Mission Specialist Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger will host an educational event with students at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

Later in the day, Anderson and Mastracchio will review procedures for their spacewalk and end their day by camping overnight in the Quest airlock at a reduced atmospheric pressure. Their spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 1:16 a.m. Sunday.

The next shuttle status report will be issued after the crew’s work day, or earlier if warranted.

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