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STS-121 STATUS 14 JULY 2006



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

Leonardo Returns to Shuttle’s Payload Bay



STS-121 Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson and Lisa Nowak used the 
International Space Station’s robotic arm to return the Leonardo 
multi-purpose logistics module to Space Shuttle Discovery’s payload bay 
this morning. The reusable cargo carrier was detached from the station’s 
Unity node at 9:25 a.m. EDT and placed in the payload bay at 11 a.m.

Leonardo contained more than 7,000 pounds of equipment and supplies when 
STS-121 arrived at the station. It will return to Earth with more than 
4,000 pounds of station experiment results and unneeded items.

Later today, Wilson and Nowak, with the assistance of Commander Steve 
Lindsey, will use the shuttle’s robotic arm and boom extension to 
inspect the shuttle’s port wing to verify that it has not been damaged 
by tiny micro-meteoroid debris particles. The starboard wing and nosecap 
will be inspected after undocking.

Discovery is slated to undock from the station at 6:08 a.m. Saturday to 
begin the two-day trip home.
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