Crews Prepare for Discovery's Departure

The crews of space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station will prepare for the end of joint operations today.

The astronauts will transfer spacewalk equipment and at least one spacesuit back to Discovery. They will enjoy some off-duty time and also will check out the tools and equipment needed for undocking activities.

At 3:57 p.m. EDT, the two crews will bid farewell to one another and close the hatches between Discovery and the station.

Discovery is scheduled to undock from the station at 7:42 a.m. Wednesday and begin its journey back to Kennedy Space Center, Fla., landing Saturday at 11:15 a.m.

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