Shuttle Discovery leaves space station

June 11, 2008 6:09:12 AM PDT
Space shuttle Discovery is on its way back to earth. The shuttle left the international space station this morning.

Not on board for the trip up, but with the astronauts on the way home, is Garrett Reisman (REEZ'-mun), who spent the last three months on the space station. Before leaving the space outpost, he bragged about not breaking anything really expensive during his trip. When asked what he missed the most about Earth, he simply said his wife's name.

Discovery's main task during its nine day stay was installing a billion dollar Japanese space lab. The new lab is the biggest room on the space station.

The shuttle is due back on Earth on Saturday.