In Orbiter Processing Facility 3 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, members of space shuttle Discovery's STS-131 crew participate in training activities during the Crew Equipment Interface Test, or CEIT, for their mission. From left in the blue flight suits, Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson, Rick Mastracchio, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, and Naoko Yamazaki of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency; Commander Alan Poindexter; and Pilot James P. Dutton Jr. get a close look at the exterior of the windows on Discovery's crew module.
The CEIT provides the crew with hands-on training and observation of shuttle and flight hardware. The seven-member crew will deliver the multi-purpose logistics module Leonardo, filled with resupply stowage platforms and racks to be transferred to locations around the International Space Station. Three spacewalks will include work to attach a spare ammonia tank assembly to the station's exterior and return a European experiment from outside the station's Columbus module. Discovery's launch is targeted for March 18. For information on the STS-131 mission and crew, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts131/index.html. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett