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Discovery Undocks from Space Station

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Mar 8, 2011 10:33 am via: NASA
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At 7 a.m. EST Monday, space shuttle Discovery undocked from the International Space Station while the spacecraft were 220 miles above the western Pacific, northeast of New Guinea. Discovery spent eight days, 16 hours, and 46 minutes attached to the orbiting laboratory.

As the shuttle moved away, station Commander Scott Kelly praised the cooperation among crew members of both spacecraft. Discovery Commander Steve Lindsey said the team effort had allowed them “to accomplish well over 100 percent of our objectives.”

Pilot Eric Boe flew the orbiter in a vertical circle around the station while crew members took pictures of the station to document its condition. The circle complete, Discovery performed two separation burns to take it away from the station.

Discovery astronauts wound up a successful and productive seven days, 23 hours and 55 minutes of joint activities with the International Space Station crew at 4:11 p.m. Sunday when hatches between the two vehicles were closed.

In a brief farewell ceremony Sunday, Lindsey talked about the mission’s accomplishments and thanked the station crew members for their hospitality.

“We had a great time onboard with you,” replied Kelly. “We’ll miss you, but most of all we’ll miss Discovery. We wish her fair winds and following seas,” he said of the orbiter flying its 39th and final mission.

During their stay Discovery crew members delivered and helped install the Permanent Multipurpose Module Leonardo with its 6,500 pounds of cargo for the station, the Express Logistics Rack 4 now installed on the station’s exterior, and delivered an additional 2,000 pounds of cargo on the middeck. During two spacewalks they completed a number of maintenance and installation tasks.

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