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Connecticut Astronaut on Next Space Shuttle Mission is Available for Media Interviews

Press Release From: Johnson Space Center
Posted: Wednesday, March 3, 2010

image Rick Mastracchio, of Waterbury, Conn., will make his third journey into orbit on space shuttle Discovery's next mission to the International Space Station. The STS-131 flight is targeted to launch April 5 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Mastracchio, who previously flew on STS-106 and STS-118 in 2000 and 2007, respectively, is available for interviews about the upcoming mission until Tuesday, March 9.

The 13-day flight will deliver supplies, a new crew sleeping quarters and science racks that will be transferred to the station's laboratories. Mastracchio will conduct all three spacewalks during the mission. Discovery's flight is one of four remaining shuttle missions planned before the fleet is retired. The last shuttle flight is currently targeted to launch in September 2010.

To cover the STS-131 launch on-site, reporters must request credentials for Kennedy by March 24. Media representatives should submit requests online at: https://media.ksc.nasa.gov/

Reporters interested in interviews with Mastracchio should contact Gayle Frere at 281-483-8645 by March 3 to reserve an opportunity.

For Mastracchio's complete biography, visit: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/mastracc.html

For the latest information about the STS-131 mission and crew, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

For the current schedule of remaining shuttle flights, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/stationflights

The public can learn how to view a shuttle launch or landing in Florida at: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/about/view

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