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'Discovery' undocks and heads home

Its decadeslong mission accomplished, space shuttle Discovery is headed home to retirement after undocking from the International Space Station on Monday. On the final leg of its final journey — due to culminate with a Wednesday touchdown — Discovery performed a victory lap around the space station immediately after undocking. To ensure safe passage, the shuttle astronauts pulled out their 100-foot, laser-tipped inspection boom and checked their ship for any signs of micrometeorite damage. The safety procedure was put in place following the 2003 Columbia disaster.

'Discovery' undocks and heads home 03/07/11 [Last modified: Monday, March 7, 2011 8:49pm]

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