Saturday, April 17, 2010

Flyaround complete, Discovery leaves ISS

Discovery is on its way home after completing a flyaround of the space station to photograph the station and to allow Pilot Jim Dutton to hone his flying skills. The shuttle will separate to a safe distance at 10:35 a.m. EDT.

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 crew will spend the remaining day of the mission stowing gear for landing.

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.

PHOTOS: Views of the shuttle and the station during the flyaround.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful views from NASA Select!