The flight marks the 131st space shuttle flight and the 38th flight of Discovery. It also heralds the 33rd time a shuttle has traveled to the International Space Station.
With an early morning launch, the STS-131 also is the 35th night launch of a shuttle.
To see a panorama view of the space shuttle Discovery sitting on launch pad 39A in preparation for its flight into space, please go to the website STS-131 Pad 39A.
For additional information on the flight, please go to NASA Mission Summary and STS-131 Mission Information.
An interesting side story to the mission appears in the March 3, 2010 NASAspaceflight.com article 'STS-131: Discovery rolls out to Pad 39A - ET repaired following bird vandalism.'
The story about birds and the space shuttle Discovery continues on page two.