10:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
STS-131 MCC Status Report #18
HOUSTON – The astronauts and cosmonauts on space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station will wrap up the transfer of equipment and science experiments between the two vehicles, join for the traditional crew news conference with reporters at the NASA centers and in Russia and take some time off to enjoy the view.

The 10:21 p.m. wakeup call music for the shuttle astronauts was “Miracle of Flight” by Mike Hyden, played for Mission Specialist Clayton Anderson who performed his sixth spacewalk earlier in the day for a total spacewalking time of 38 hours and 28 minutes.

A 40-minute news conference with Discovery’s seven astronauts and the six-member Expedition 23 crew is planned for 6:26 a.m. News media from the U.S., Russia and Japan will be asking questions in their native languages. An interpreted replay is set for 9:30 a.m. on NASA TV.

At 12:06, Commander Alan G. Poindexter and Mission Specialists Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson and Anderson will talk with Gibsonville, N.C., high school students from Eastern Guilford High School and with third and fourth graders from the school district.

The crew heads to bed at 3:21 p.m. Wednesday for an eight hour sleep period ending with a musical wakeup call from Mission Control at 11:21 pm.

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

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