Final shuttle rocket test goes without a bang
While NASA preps Discovery for Tuesday roll-out
In Florida, meanwhile, NASA technicians are getting ready for next Tuesday's roll-out of Discovery to Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.
NASA has provided the traditional cheerful crew shot, showing (seated) Commander Alan Poindexter (r) and Pilot James P Dutton Jr (l) and (standing l-r) mission specialists Rick Mastracchio, Stephanie Wilson, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Naoko Yamazaki and NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson:
The 13-day mission will feature three spacewalks by Anderson and Mastracchio, during which they'll "replace an ammonia tank assembly, retrieve a Japanese experiment from the station’s exterior and switch out a rate gyro assembly on the S0 element of the station’s truss".
Once STS-131 is done and dusted, there are three remaining shuttle launches, all to the ISS: Atlantis's STS-132 mission on 14 May, Endeavour's STS-134 on 29 July and Discovery's STS-133, scheduled for launch on 16 September. ®