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Endeavour ends long mission

August 01, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Space shuttle Endeavour and its seven astronauts returned to Earth, completing a long but successful construction job that boosted the size and power of the International Space Station.

During more than two weeks at the space station, Endeavour's crew put on a new addition to Japan's $1-billion lab, installed fresh batteries and stockpiled some big spare parts. They accomplished all of their major objectives and were part of the biggest gathering ever in space: Counting the six station residents, the crowd totaled 13.

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