NASA Audio File

STS-131 Preflight Program Overview Briefing
Excerpts from a news briefing held at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, on Mar. 9.

The STS-131 mission of space shuttle Discovery will deliver a multi-purpose logistics module filled with science racks to be transferred to laboratories on the International Space Station. STS-131 also will feature three spacewalks.

Discovery and its seven-member crew commanded by Alan Poindexter is targeted for an Apr. 5 liftoff from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

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John Shannon, Space Shuttle Program Manager

Cut 1 (:09): "The crew just finished last week.  Their training runs out in the vehicle, and everything looks really outstanding for an April 5, launch."  
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Cut 2 (:10) -- "The vehicles have never performed better than they are performing right now.  We had no significant issues from the last two flights, really."
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Cut 3 (:15) -- "We’re looking very forward to getting Dex and his crew up to the ISS, and we’ll continue the final closeout of the space shuttle program and get ISS in a really good configuration to last, at least, another ten years."
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Kirk Shireman, ISS Deputy Program Manager

Cut 1 (:13) -- "We’re just about done with the assembly.  We’re looking forward to utilization and fully utilizing the ISS, and that’s our focus this year as well as extending the ISS to 2020."
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