Photos: Discovery hitches a ride home

Photos: Discovery hitches a ride home

Summary: Weather prevented the space shuttle Discovery from landing in Florida so it needed a little help to finish its trip.

TOPICS: Nasa / Space

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  • Platform

    After landing at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California, the space shuttle Discovery receives post-flight processing inside the Mate-Demate Device. The giant platform is used to help prepare the shuttle for its flight back to Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

  • Tail cone

    In preparation for its return flight to Florida, technicians attach a tail cone to Discovery, which helps reduce aerodynamic drag and turbulence.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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