Shuttle Crew Packs for Home
Shuttle astronauts spent their last full day in orbit Saturday packing up items and preparing for the trip home.
The six-member crew is owed some down time, but first they will use a robotic arm to stow a cargo pallet in Atlantis' payload bay. The pallet is carrying six 375-pound batteries the astronauts removed from the International Space Station during two separate spacewalks, including one Friday.
The batteries helped power the station for a decade, well past their life expectancy of six years.
The spacewalkers worked so briskly Friday that they were able to accomplish some tasks that will help future missions, such as adjusting an insulation blanket on a robot arm extension and restocking external tool boxes.
"I couldn't be happier with how this crew has performed," said Lisa Shore, lead spacewalk officer.
Throughout the spacewalk, mission specialists Mike Good and Garrett Reisman were in awe of the view, at one point getting a glimpse of Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral, Fla., from 220 miles up.
"I can see the two (launch) pads, I can see the Skid Strip," Good said.
Atlantis is scheduled to undock from the station Sunday morning and land at Kennedy Space Center at 8:48 a.m. EDT Wednesday.