February 19, 2010
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- After more than a week together, the
crews of space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space
Station are parting ways.
The six shuttle astronauts and five station residents embraced
and said farewell early Friday before the hatches between the
shuttle and station were sealed in preparation for Friday night's
Endeavour will leave behind a virtually completed space station.
The shuttle crew delivered and installed a new room and observation
deck that is providing amazing views of Earth.
Late Thursday, the astronauts celebrated the addition of the
domed seven-window lookout by cutting a red ribbon in a formal
opening ceremony. They also handed over a plaque containing tiny
moon rocks from the lunar surface.