Space Shuttle Discovery Undocks from the International Space Station

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2009

image Space shuttle Discovery undocked from the International Space Station at 3:26 p.m. EDT.

Once safely separated from the orbiting complex by about 450 feet, pilot Kevin Ford conducted a flyaround of the space station.

The maneuver provides an opportunity to get video of the station that can be used to inspect for damage or general condition of the spacecraft's exterior. A final separation burn occurred around 5:09 p.m.

Later, the shuttle crew will again engage the shuttle robotic arm, its extension boom and cameras for a last look at the thermal protection system to check for any damage.

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