NASA STS-131 Mission Footage (2010) Discovery

March 04, 2010 STS-131- Discovery Rolls to the Launch Pad

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Video Description

Now poised for liftoff in April, Discovery's seven-member crew is preparing to deliver a multi-purpose logistics module filled with science racks to the International Space Station.

Documentary Description

As the last round-trip for the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, Discovery’s 13-day mission will provide the International Space Station with not only some 8 tons of science equipment and cargo, but also one last opportunity to send a large load of cargo back to the ground. Leonardo serves as basically a moving van for the space station, allowing the shuttle to, first of all, deliver shipments of equipment and supplies larger than any other vehicle could accommodate, and, second, to return science experiments, unneeded hardware and trash to the ground – all other cargo transfer vehicles burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere. And although Leonardo will return to the station once more on the last space shuttle mission later this year, this is scheduled to be its last round trip – Leonardo will remain permanently at the station after STS-133. So while it will deliver one more batch of goods, the cargo returning on STS-131 will be the last that it brings home.

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