NASA Audio File

Shuttle team managers talked with reporters after Space shuttle Discovery and seven astronauts completed their successful mission to the International Space Station. Discovery landed at 9:08 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 20 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The STS-131 mission delivered to the station science racks, new crew sleeping quarters, equipment and supplies. During three spacewalks, the crew installed a new ammonia storage tank for the station's cooling system, replaced a gyroscope for the station's navigation system and retrieved a Japanese experiment from outside the Kibo laboratory for examination on Earth.

Alan Poindexter commanded the flight and was joined by Pilot Jim Dutton and Mission Specialists Rick Mastracchio, Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson, Clay Anderson, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Naoko Yamazaki. Lindenburger is the last of three teachers selected as mission specialists in the 2004 Educator-Astronaut class to fly on the shuttle.

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Mike Moses, Space Shuttle Launch Integration Manager

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“This was a busy week.  We got Atlantis ready to roll to the pad for STS 132.  That crew is coming down for their TCDT – their countdown demonstration test, we just brought Discovery home here.  It’s a very busy time. “
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Cut (2) – RT 00:07
“ Wrapping up 131 here, a really great mission.  A lot of good science, a lot of good stuff delivered up to the station.  I Couldn’t be more proud of the teams.”
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Pete Nickolenko, STS-131 Launch Director

Cut (3) – RT 00:08
“Meeting and greeting with the flight crew, they were all in great spirits, they looked wonderful, so it was great to have the vehicle and the crew back home.”
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Cut (4) – RT 00:09 “I am really happy to have discovery back on the ground.  And ready to get back to business with STS-132 for support of the May launch.”
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