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Space Shuttle Atlantis Prepares to Come Home

5:22 AM, Jul 18, 2011   |    comments
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The astronauts making NASA's last shuttle flight are almost done packing up their gigantic suitcase for the ride home.

The 10 space travelers spent Sunday putting some final items in Raffaello, the Italian-made cargo canister that's the size of a bus. The compartment will be moved from the International Space Station back onto space shuttle Atlantis early Monday. It carried up tons of food, supplies and other household goods. And it will return with dozens of bundles of trash and discarded equipment.

Atlantis will undock from the space station Tuesday and aim for a Thursday landing back in Florida, to end 30 years of shuttle flight.

The four shuttle astronauts took time off Sunday to relax before heading home.

Associated Press

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