April 17, 2010

Discovery Undocks, Prepares for Monday Landing

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Discovery undocked from the International Space Station at 8:52 a.m. EDT. Shuttle Pilot James P. Dutton, Jr. will grab the stick and perform a fly around of the station, enabling his crewmates to conduct a photo survey of the complex.

Space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew are expected to return to Earth on Monday, April 19, after a 14-day mission. NASA managers will evaluate weather conditions at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida before permitting Discovery to land.

Monday landing opportunities at Kennedy are at 8:51 a.m. and 10:26 a.m. EDT. If Discovery is unable to land Monday, additional opportunities are available at Kennedy on Tuesday at approximately 7:33 a.m. and 9:08 a.m., and at backup landing site Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., at approximately 9 a.m., 10:36 a.m. and 12:11 p.m. For recorded updates about landing, call 321-867-2525.

Approximately two hours after Discovery lands, NASA officials will hold a briefing to discuss the mission. The participants will be:

Mike Moses, space shuttle launch integration manager

Dr. Kuniaki Shiraki, executive director, Japan Aerospace Exploration

Pete Nickolenko, STS-131 launch director

After touchdown, the astronauts will undergo routine physical examinations and meet with their families. The crew will participate in a post-landing news conference about four and a half hours after landing. The news events will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

The Kennedy news center will open for landing activities at 4:30 a.m. Monday and remain open until 10 p.m.

The STS-131 media badges are in effect through landing. The media accreditation building on State Road 3 will be open at 4 a.m. Monday. The last bus will depart from the news center for the Shuttle Landing Facility one hour before landing.


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