December 21, 2006

NASA weighs shuttle’s landing options

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - On what was scheduled to be their last full day in space, crew members aboard the space shuttle Discovery woke up Thursday to the strains of “The Road Less Traveled.”

“It’s great to hear some good jazz from Houston’s own incomparable Joe Sample. He’ll help us ease into the last few days of this mission,” astronaut Joan Higginbotham radioed to Mission Control.

Discovery’s seven astronauts planned to spend the day testing the shuttle’s flight control system, stowing items, deploying a tiny satellite and giving their last media interviews from space.

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