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Archive for Thursday, June 12, 2008

Shuttle departs from space station

June 12, 2008

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— Discovery's astronauts inspected their ship's wings and nose Wednesday for any signs of damage after bidding "sayonara" to the international space station and heading for home.

The shuttle's flawless undocking from the space station ended nine days of linked flight. The space station's newest addition, a 37-foot Japanese lab, was clearly visible as the shuttle flew a victory lap around the orbiting complex.

Discovery is set to land late Saturday morning.

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