Endeavor Leaves Space Station for Home

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 19 (UPI) — Space shuttle Endeavor left the International Space Station Friday after delivering the last major part of the orbiting outpost’s U.S. section, officials said.

The departure finished a 10-day stay that featured three spacewalks to install the Tranquility module, which houses life-support systems, exercise equipment and a bathroom, Florida Today reported.

“It’s an amazing milestone, and this is just an absolutely incredible facility,” station commander Jeffrey Williams said.

Endeavor also delivered an observation deck that will serve as a control center for station robot arm operations and will monitor arrivals and departures of future missions.

“The view is amazing,” shuttle pilot Terry Virts said of the deck. “It took my breath away.”

Before departing, the shuttle’s six astronauts inspected Endeavor’s heat-shield components with a sensor-tipped inspection boom, the newspaper said.

Endeavor is scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Center in Florida Sunday.

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