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Discovery Undocks From Space Station



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

Discovery Undocks From Space Station

View of the ISS from Discovery Image above: View of the International 
Space Station from the Space Shuttle Discovery after it undocked. Photo 
Credit: NASA TV
SEE:http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html

Space Shuttle Discovery ended STS-121ís stay at the International Space 
Station when it undocked at 6:08 a.m. EDT today. Undocking occurred as 
the two spacecraft flew above the Pacific Ocean north of New Zealand.

STS-121 delivered a new Expedition 13 crew member and much needed 
supplies and equipment to the international outpost. The shuttle crew 
also conducted three spacewalks to perform maintenance on the station 
and to test on-orbit heat shield repair techniques.

Pilot Mark Kelly flew Discovery to a point above the station before 
performing the final separation burn at 6:57 a.m.

About 9 a.m., STS-121 crewmembers will use the robotic arm and the 
orbital boom sensor system to perform final inspections of the starboard 
wing and the shuttle nose cap. Discovery will remain about 45 miles 
behind the station until the mission management team reviews survey 
results and clears Discovery for landing.

Discovery is scheduled to touch down at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., at 
9:14 a.m. Monday
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