The crew woke at 11:30 a.m. EDT to “Only One,” performed by Jeremy Kay and played for Mission Specialist Danny Olivas. At 2:09 p.m. Mission Specialist Jose Hernandez and Flight Engineer Nicole Stott took questions from reporters at Telemundo, WTSP-TV in Florida, and Univision.
Leonardo is back inside Discovery’s payload bay and latched down for the ride home. Shuttle astronauts Kevin Ford and Jose Hernandez were at the controls of the International Space Station’s robotic arm, Canadarm 2. They grappled Leonardo and removed it from the Harmony node and placed it inside the shuttle for the return home.
The shuttle and station crews will bid each other farewell at 10:29p.m. EDT before hatches are closed between the spacecraft.
The 13 crew members onboard the International Space Station and space shuttle Discovery will prepare to part today. They will pack up their final items and close the hatches dividing the two spacecraft in preparation for undocking tomorrow.
Mission Specialist Tim Kopra will bid his Expedition 20 crewmates farewell as he prepares to wrap up his first spaceflight mission and return with the space shuttle crew, who will in turn be wishing well to Flight Engineer Nicole Stott who will remain on station, taking Kopra’s place as an expeditionary crew member.
Hatch closure is expected around 10:30 p.m. EDT.