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Space Shuttle Discovery Undocks From International Space Station

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2006

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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.

STS-121 crew members are using 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 it for landing.

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

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