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Out-of-this-world redo

November 18, 2008|Times Wire Reports

Astronauts hitched a giant shipping crate full of home-improvement "goodies" to the International Space Station, a crucial step for boosting the population in orbit.

It was the first major job for the crews of the space station and space shuttle Endeavour, and highlighted their first full day together.

More than 14,000 pounds of gear was stuffed into the 21-foot container that flew up on Endeavour and was hoisted onto the space station. It held an extra toilet, refrigerator and kitchenette, exercise machine and sleeping compartments, and a new recycling system for converting urine into drinking water.

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