NASA Audio File

Space Shuttle Discovery Launch Set for April 5
NASA managers held a news conference on Friday, March 26, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to discuss the status of the next space shuttle launch. The briefing took place after the Flight Readiness Review (FRR), a meeting to assess preparations for shuttle Discovery’s STS-131 mission to the International Space Station.

All systems are go for Discovery’s launch, which officially is targeted 6:21 .m. EDT on April 5.

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Bill Gerstenmaier
NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations

Cut 1 (:17) - "It’s an extremely thorough review today. We went through it fairly methodically, and we’re really ready to go fly and its again, a tribute to the team down here at KSC that have got the vehicle processed and got it ready to go fly. So again, a good review, and I look forward to your questions."
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John Shannon
Space Shuttle Program Manager

Cut 2 (:08) - "Overall the team is doing extremely well, I am very proud of them and I think we are going to end finishing up very strong this year."
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Pete Nickolenko
STS-131 Launch Director

Cut 3 (:11) - "In short this team is doing just what they love to do and what they are excellent at doing, and this is keeping the process work going and making sure we are running on all cylinders on which we are."
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