NASA Space Shuttle Crew In Washington, Available For Interviews.

WASHINGTON -- NASA Headquarters in Washington will welcome space
shuttle Discovery's STS-131 astronauts for a visit Tuesday, May 25,
through Thursday, May 27. Their 15-day mission of more than 6.2
million miles wrapped up on April 20. The crew includes Rockville,
Md., native Alan Poindexter and Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, the last
of three teachers selected as educator astronauts to fly on the

On Tuesday, Metcalf-Lindenburger , STS-131 Commander Poindexter, Pilot
Jim Dutton and Mission Specialists Rick Mastracchio, Stephanie Wilson
and Clay Anderson will be available for media interviews from 10 a.m.
to 11:30 a.m. EDT at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW.

At 2 p.m. Tuesday, the crew will share mission highlights with NASA
employees, their families and reporters at NASA Headquarters' James
E. Webb Auditorium. The crew's presentation will be broadcast live on
NASA Television. Reporters interested in interviewing a crew member
or covering the presentation should contact NASA's Office of
Communications at 202-358-1100.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Naoko Yamazaki and her
STS-131 crewmates in Washington will attend an educational event from
1-1:50 p.m. on Thursday at the Japan Information and Culture Center
at the Embassy of Japan, 1155 21st Street, N.W. The astronauts will
discuss the mission with about 150 U.S. elementary school students
and other guests. Journalists are invited to attend. For more
information, please contact the Japan Information and Culture Center
at 202-238-6949, or e-mail jiccrsvp@ws.mofa.go.jp.

The STS-131 mission to the International Space Station delivered
science racks, 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.

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Source: NASA

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