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HOUSTON (Reuters) - Shuttle Discovery undocked from the International Space Station on Saturday, in its first step toward returning to Earth on Monday.
By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - As the shuttle Discovery prepared on Friday to leave the International Space Station, NASA scheduled its next shuttle mission for Sept. 22 provided it can find a quick fix to falling fuel tank foam that has grounded the rest of the orbiter fleet.
By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Discovery astronauts packed up on Friday and got ready to leave the International Space Station as the first shuttle visit to the outpost since 2002 -- and likely the last for a while -- neared its end.
By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Discovery astronauts started packing up on Friday for their departure from the International Space Station after NASA finally said the shuttle was safe enough to come home from the first flight since the 2003 Columbia disaster.
By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - NASA on Thursday cleared the space shuttle Discovery to return home after dismissing lingering concerns about its condition, and told the crew to pack up their spacesuits because there was no need for a fourth spacewalk.
By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - NASA on Thursday cleared lingering concerns about shuttle Discovery's condition to return home and told the crew to pack up their spacesuits because there was no need for a fourth spacewalk.
NASA told space shuttle Discovery's astronauts Thursday that a spacewalk to repair a torn thermal blanket will not be necessary. Mission Control told the crew of seven that the shuttle will be safe for re-entry with the ripped blanket below the cockpit window.
By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Commander Eileen Collins said astronauts on shuttle Discovery had seen widespread environmental destruction on Earth and warned on Thursday that greater care was needed to protect natural resources.
By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - NASA was deciding on Thursday whether it needed another spacewalk to make shuttle Discovery safe for its return to Earth as its crew finished transferring cargo to and from the International Space Station.
By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - A spacewalking astronaut ventured to the underside of space shuttle Discovery on Wednesday for the first time and plucked two protruding cloth fillers from between ceramic tiles on the shuttle's heat shield.
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