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9 p.m. CDT Sunday, April 11, 2010
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
04.11.10
 
STATUS REPORT : STS-131-14
 
 
STS-131 MCC Status Report #14
 
 
HOUSTON – Astronauts on space shuttle Discovery will enjoy some well-deserved off-duty time in the morning, then continue to transfer items from the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module and prepare for the final spacewalk of the mission in the afternoon.

The seven-member crew was awakened at 8:51 p.m. CDT with the song “Because We Believe,” by Andrea Bocelli for Commander Alan G. Poindexter. This is Poindexter’s second flight to the International Space Station. He was the pilot on STS-122 in February 2008 flying Atlantis which delivered the European Columbus science laboratory to the station.

Mission Specialist Naoko Yamazaki and Expedition 23 Flight Engineer Soichi Nooguchi will take time to answer questions at 5:41 a.m. about the first mission to host two Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronauts from Japanese students, former JAXA astronaut Mamoru Mohri and other dignitaries.

Then at 10:36 a.m. Poindexter, Pilot James P. Dutton Jr. and Mission Specialists Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger and Stephanie Wilson will talk about the flight during interviews with ABC World News’ Diane Sawyer, MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer, Fox News Channel’s Jon Scott and KUSA-TV in Denver.

Mission Specialists Clayton Anderson and Rick Mastracchio will end their day reviewing the new timeline for Tuesday’s final spacewalk and then spend the night in the Quest airlock, sealed off from the rest of the station, at a reduced atmospheric pressure.

The next shuttle status report will be issued after the crew workday, or earlier if warranted.
 

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