[sarex] Discovery Undocks From Space Station
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*Discovery Undocks From Space Station*
5 November 2007
Image Above: The space shuttle Discovery as seen from the International
Space Station after undocking. Image credit: NASA TV :TO VIEW IMAGE GO
Discovery undocked from the International Space Station at 5:32 a.m. EST
as they flew over the South Pacific.
STS-120 Pilot George Zamka backed the orbiter about 400 feet from the
station and performed a fly-around to allow crew members to collect
video and imagery of the station in its new configuration. He completed
the final separation engine burn at 7:15 a.m.
Later in the day, shuttle crew members will use the shuttle robot arm
and the 50-foot long Orbiter Boom Sensor System to conduct a late
inspection of the thermal protection system.
The crew will spend Tuesday preparing for landing. Discovery’s first
landing opportunity is at 1:02 p.m. Wednesday at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
During its stay at the station, which began Oct. 25, the STS-120 crew
continued the on-orbit construction of the station with the installation
of the Harmony Node 2 module and the relocation of the P6 truss.
The crew installed Harmony Oct. 26 and did four spacewalks at the
station. During the third spacewalk, the crew installed the P6 truss and
solar array pair in its permanent location outboard of the port truss.
The fourth spacewalk was changed during the mission so that the crew
could repair a torn solar array on the P6 truss. Following the
successful repair work, the crew was able to fully deploy the solar array.
Discovery also delivered a new station crew member, Flight Engineer
Daniel Tani. He replaced astronaut Clayton Anderson. Anderson arrived at
the station in June with STS-117.
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