The countdown for the space shuttle Discovery and its STS-131 crew began at 3 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time at the Kennedy Space Center for its April 5, 2010 launch to the International Space Station.
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The crew of the NASA STS-131 mission has landed its space shuttle Discovery successfully and safety at the Kennedy Space Center, with the STS-132 crew preparing its mission of the space shuttle Atlantic, which already sits on its KSC launch pad 39A.
With a near-perfect countdown, the space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member STS-131 crew made a spectacular ascent into space with its on-time launch about one hour before sunrise on Monday morning, April 5, 2010.
If you are lucky enough to be in Florida to see the STS-131 launch on April, 5, 2010, you will also be able to see the International Space Station fly over just before the space shuttle Discovery lifts off. And, the Moon will be in the picture, too!
A robot will become a member of the International Space Station starting in September 2010 when the STS-133 crew delivers the human-style droid R2 to the Space Station onboard the space shuttle Discovery.
Space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member NASA crew are expected to land back on Earth on Monday, April 19, after a 14-day mission to the International Space Station. Their voyage home is not expected to be delayed due to the volcanic dust in the air, only by likely rainy weather.
NASA decided to delay the launch of the space shuttle Discovery on its STS-133 mission for at least one day because of two just discovered leaks in the orbital maneuvering system of the shuttle. An earlier one had just been patched up.