NASA says all systems are currently go for a 13-day mission to the International Space Station. The Discovery space shuttle is expected to blast off at 6:21 a.m. ET.
Prospects are good for the anticipated April 5 launch of the space shuttle
Discovery on its trip to the ISS. At an April 2 countdown status briefing, NASA
said, "Test Director Steve Payne reported that all launch preparations
continue to go well as the official countdown is now under way, saying, 'We're
eager to get Discovery flying on Monday morning.'"
The NASA statement
"Shuttle Weather Officer Kathy
Winters also reported good news, saying that the launch-time conditions
continue to be very favorable [for the 6:21 a.m. launch]. The only reason for a remaining 20
percent chance of "no-go" weather is the possibility of early morning
fog. The weather would be similar if a 24-hour turnaround was necessary."
NASA also said:
"Commander Alan Poindexter is set
to lead the STS-131 mission to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery. Joining Poindexter
will be Pilot Jim Dutton and Mission Specialists Rick Mastracchio, Clay
Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson and Naoko Yamazaki of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
Discovery will carry a multi-purpose logistics module filled with
science racks for the laboratories aboard the station. The mission has
three planned spacewalks, with work to include replacing an ammonia
tank assembly, retrieving a Japanese experiment from the station's
exterior, and switching out a rate gyro assembly on the S0 segment of the station's truss structure."