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The space shuttle Discovery undocked from the ISS at 8:42 p.m. last night. Discovery and its seven crewmembers including Akihiko Hoshide left the ISS; they are now on the way back home.
After the undocking, Discovery crew conducted the fly-around operations. During the fly-around, the shuttle crew took photos of the ISS's overall configuration with the TV camera and handheld cameras. In the photos and video, Kibo and its remote manipulator system are seen as parts of the ISS.
The late inspection began around midnight. The shuttle crew inspected the heat shields on the shuttle's Wing Leading Edges (WLE) and nose cap using the Orbiter Boom Sensor System (OBSS).
The imagery data taken during the inspection were downlinked to the ground, and the imagery experts on the ground already initiated the imagery analysis on the data. The imagery analysis will be continued until tomorrow morning.
Hoshide supported the undocking operations during the shuttle's undocking from the ISS. He installed the Centerline camera on the Orbiter Docking System (ODS) for undocking. In addition, he downlinked the images taken during the undocking operations and the OBSS scanning data to the ground.
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