Tuesday, April 20, 2010

STS-131: DIscovery lands at Kennedy

Only when Discovery stops can the trucks catch up...

Discovery touched down on the long runway of Kennedy Space Center at 7:08 a.m. this morning, ending a mission to resupply the ISS. Landing was delayed several attempts and over a day behind schedule due to weather concerns for safety. Also back on the ground is the Leonardo resupply module, safely tucked away in the Discovery cargo bay. The next time Leonardo goes up (later this year), it will be left behind in space attached to ISS to serve as a storage module.

During it's stay at the ISS, there were 13 astronauts and cosmonauts in the station at one time, seven of which had come aboard from the Discovery. This mission was the last one to carry seven people to the ISS, so it's likely we won't see that many people in space at one time, for very long time from now.

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