Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Skipper Sad To Give Discovery Back

Discovery's astronauts delivered NASA's shuttle fleet leader back to Kennedy Space Center ground crews today, and mission commander Steve Lindsey said it was a "bittersweet moment."

"As the minutes pass, I’m actually getting sadder and sadder about this being the last flight, and I know all the folks involved in the shuttle program feel the same way<" Lindsey said after he and his crew inspected the vehicle on the runway here.

"I’m sad to give her back, but I couldn’t imagine giving her back into a better hands than this group right here."

Lindsey and his crew headed off to crew quarters for post-flight medical exams and a reunion with their families. The crew is tentatively scheduled to hold a short news briefing later this afternoon. You can watch that live here in The Flame Trench. Click the NASA TV box to launch our NASA TV viewer and live coverage.

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