Discovery touches down at Kennedy
Safe homecoming for STS-131 mission
Space shuttle Discovery touched down at Kennedy Space Center at 13:08 GMT today, marking the end of its STS-131 mission to the International Space Station. A first landing attempt yesterday was waved off because of rain and cloud.
During the 15-day trip, mission specialists Clayton Anderson and Rick Mastracchio ventured outside the orbiting outpost three times to replace an Ammonia Tank Assembly which forms part of the station's cooling system. The pair also retrieved a Japanese experiment from the station’s exterior for return to Earth and switched out a rate gyro assembly on the station's truss.
The Leonardo module will return to the ISS on Discovery's final mission, and be docked as a permanent extension to the station. ®