Expedition 23 gathered together.
The hatch to the ISS opened at a little after 1 am Utah time yesterday, allowing the three space travelers to exit the Russian capsule and enter the recently expanded space station. The crew has little time to prepare the ISS for the docking of another spacecraft! Shuttle Discovery is set to visit the iSS this week.
Discovery set for launch from Pad 39A.
STS 131 is go for launch from the Kennedy Space Center tomorrow, Monday April 5th at about 4:21 a.m. Utah time. You can watch the blast-off on the news, but full coverage is of course found on NASA TV at www.nasa,gov.ntv. Commander Alan Poindexter will lead the mission to bring supplies for the ISS's many experiment racks. There are expected to be three spacewalks during this mission. There will only be three shuttle flights to the station after this mission.