STS-131

Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103

United Space Alliance

Launch Status
Success

Crew

Richard Mastracchio

Richard Mastracchio

Mission Specialist

Status: Retired
2/11/1960 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Richard Alan "Rick" Mastracchio is an American engineer and former NASA astronaut. He has flown on three NASA Space Shuttle missions as a mission specialist in addition to serving as a Flight Engineer on the Soyuz TMA-11M (Expedition 38/Expedition 39) long duration mission aboard the International Space Station. He is currently the Senior Director of Operations for Commercial Resupply Services at Orbital ATK.

Stephanie Wilson

Stephanie Wilson

Mission Specialist

Status: Active
9/27/1966 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Stephanie Diana Wilson is an American engineer and a NASA astronaut. She flew to space onboard three Space Shuttle missions, and is the second African American woman to go into space, after Mae Jemison. Her 42 days in space are the most of any African American astronaut, male or female.

Clayton Anderson

Clayton Anderson

Mission Specialist

Status: Retired
2/23/1959 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Clayton Conrad Anderson is a retired NASA astronaut. Launched on STS-117, he replaced Sunita Williams on June 10, 2007 as a member of the ISS Expedition 15 crew.

Alan G. Poindexter

Alan G. Poindexter

Commander

Status: Deceased
11/5/1961 - 7/1/2012
Nationality: American
Type: Government
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Alan Goodwin "Dex" Poindexter was an American naval officer and a NASA astronaut. Poindexter was selected in the 1998 NASA Group (G17) and went into orbit aboard Space Shuttle missions STS-122, and STS-131.

James Dutton

James Dutton

Pilot

Status: Retired
11/20/1968 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

James Patrick "Mash" Dutton, Jr. is a NASA astronaut pilot of the Class of 2004 (NASA Group 19), and a former test pilot in the US Air Force with the rank of Colonel.

Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger

Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger

Mission Specialist

Status: Retired
5/15/1975 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Dorothy Marie "Dottie" Metcalf-Lindenburger is a former American astronaut. She married Jason Metcalf-Lindenburger, a seventh grade teacher at the time, in 2000, and they have 1 daughter together. She was a science teacher at Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Washington when she was selected in 2004 as an Educator Mission Specialist. She was the first Space Camp alumna to become an astronaut.

Naoko Yamazaki

Naoko Yamazaki

Mission Specialist

Status: Retired
12/27/1970 -
Nationality: Japanese
Type: Government
Agency: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Naoko Yamazaki is a former Japanese astronaut at JAXA, the second Japanese woman to qualify for the program. The first was Chiaki Mukai.

Mission

STS-131

Type: Human Exploration

STS-131 was an ISS assembly flight with the primary payload being a loaded Multi-Purpose Logistics Module - Leonardo. The mission began on April 5th 2010 at 1021:22 UTC launching Commander Alan Poindexter, Pilot James Dutton, Mission Specialist 1 Richard Mastracchio, Mission Specialist 2 Dorothy M. Metcalf-Lindenburger, Mission Specialist 3 Stephanie Wilson, Mission Specialist 4 Naoko Yamazaki & Mission Specialist 5 Clayton Anderson to orbit. They docked with the ISS 2 days after launch. The mission was the final Space Shuttle launch with a seven person crew and was the longest flight for Discovery. STS-131 also marked the first time 4 women have been in space at once. During the mission 3 spacewalks were conducted to replace an ammonia tank and to retrieve a seed experiment from outside the Japanese laboratory. The mission concluded after 15 days & 2 hours on April 20th 2010 at 1308:35 UTC after 2 waved off landing opportunities on the 19th at the Kennedy Space Center.

Location

Launch Complex 39A

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

182 launches have been at this location.

Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Rocket

Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103

Length: 38.1 meters
Diameter: 8.4 meters
First Launched: August 30, 1984

Space Shuttle Discovery is one of the orbiters from NASA’s Space Shuttle program and the third of five fully operational orbiters to be built. Its first mission, STS-41-D, flew from August 30 to September 5, 1984. Over 27 years of service it launched and landed 39 times, gathering more spaceflights than any other spacecraft to date.

The Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103 rocket has been launched a total of 38 times with 38 successful and 0 failed launches.

Agency

United Space Alliance

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: USA
Administration:
Founded: 1995
Launchers: Space Shuttle
Spacecraft:
Country: USA

United Space Alliance (USA) is a spaceflight operations company. USA is a joint venture which was established in August 1995 as a Limited Liability Company (LLC), equally owned by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

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