Space shuttle Discovery heads home after 14-day mission

June 11th, 2008 - 11:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, June 11 (DPA) The US space shuttle Discovery began its earthward journey Wednesday after completing a 14-day mission to carry out further construction and maintenance work on the International Space Station (ISS). The shuttle is scheduled for landing Saturday at the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Caneveral, Florida.

Discovery undocked from the ISS for the return journey after a mission in which astronauts carried out three spacewalks chiefly devoted to installing and preparing the Japanese scientific laboratory module Kibo.

About 100 scientific experiments are already planned for the 12-metre by five-metre Kibo, including efforts to examine the effects of weightlessness and help develop allergy medications.

Kibo is to be completed in a third mission later this year.

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