Saturday, April 17, 2010

Discovery undocks

Discovery has undocked from the space station and will perform a flyaround maneuver before separating to a safe distance at 10:35 a.m. EDT.

Springs pushed the shuttle the first two feet before Pilot Jim Dutton activated Discovery's steering jets. Dutton will perform the flyaround at a range of 400-feet to photograph the station.

Due to a broken antenna, the shuttle crew used the shuttle boom system before separation to inspect the thermal tiles that will protect the shuttle from the heat of re-entry.

The shuttle spent 10 days 5 hours and 8 minutes at the station.

Discovery is due to land Monday at 8:51 a.m. EDT at Kennedy Space Center.

PHOTO: View of the ISS as the shuttle backs away.

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