Discovery space shuttle crew prepares to come home


Here’s an update on the Discovery space shuttle.

The astronauts and cosmonauts have already said their goodbyes in preparation for their return trip to Earth. They closed the hatches between the International Space Station and the shuttle at 11:41 pm EDT Monday.

The astronauts aboard Discovery are taking home with them a portable cargo module and 5,000 pounds of items not needed at the ISS. As reported earlier, astronaut Tim Kopra will also be coming with them while a Discovery crew will take his place at the space station.

They are scheduled to undock from the station at 3:26 pm Tuesday and expected to land in Florida on Thursday.

Credit: NASA TV
Credit: NASA TV