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Discovery is on the way home

June 12, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Discovery's astronauts inspected their ship's wings and nose for any signs of damage after bidding "sayonara" to the International Space Station and heading for home.

Shuttle commander Mark Kelly and his crew pulled out Discovery's 100-foot inspection pole and began running its laser sensors over the wings and nose cap, particularly vulnerable areas during reentry. A gashed wing brought down shuttle Columbia in 2003, killing everyone aboard.

Images were beamed down to engineers at Cape Canaveral for review. Touchdown is set for late Saturday morning.

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