June 14, 2008

Discovery Shuttle Back on Earth

MOSCOW. June 14 (Interfax-AVN) - U.S. space shuttle Discovery has returned to the Earth after a two-week mission.

Discovery, launched on June 1, took the chief section of the Japanese Kibo module to the International Space Station ISS and spares for the station's only toilet.

The mission has involved three spacewalks during which Kibo was installed, a nitrogen tank used in the station's cooling system was replaced and other tasks were carried out.

Discovery, which landed on Cape Canaveral, brought back to the Earth U.S. astronauts Michael Fossum, Kenneth Ham, Mark Kelly, Karen Nyberg, Ronald Garan and Garrett Reisman and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. Reisman had spent three months ion the ISS.

The NASA office in Russia told Interfax-AVN that the mission had been a success and that all the tasks it had involved had been carried out.

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