June 16, 2010

Shuttle Crew Members To Visit Staff At Glenn’s Plum Brook Station

NASA's Glenn Research Center will welcome NASA astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Naoko Yamazaki to Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, on Monday, June 21, at 2:30 p.m.

The space shuttle Discovery mission STS-131 astronauts will share highlights of their 15-day mission of more than 6.2 million miles with the staff and will be available for an informal media opportunity after their presentation.

This flight was the 33rd mission to the International Space Station and the first for both Metcalf-Lindenburger, the last of three teachers selected as educator astronauts to fly on the shuttle, and Yamazaki.

Among the science racks the STS-131 mission delivered to the International Space Station were four space experiments designed, fabricated, tested and managed by Glenn, new crew sleeping quarters, equipment and supplies. During three spacewalks, the crew installed a new ammonia storage tank for the station's cooling system, replaced a gyroscope for the station's navigation system and retrieved a Japanese experiment from outside the Kibo laboratory for examination on Earth.

For more information about the STS-131 mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

For further information about the Glenn experiments aboard STS-131, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/news/pressrel/2010/10-024_sts131.html