Astronauts rest up after 3 spacewalks

November 24, 2009 By MARCIA DUNN , AP Aerospace Writer

(AP) -- The astronauts aboard the orbiting shuttle-station complex are resting after their three successful spacewalks.

The 12 space travelers will get a few hours off Tuesday morning. Then in the afternoon, the two crews will part company and close the hatches between them.

Monday's was the third and final one of Atlantis' space station visit.

Atlantis will undock from the on Wednesday.

The seven shuttle astronauts will spend Thanksgiving getting ready for a landing back in Florida on Friday.

Nicole Stott, now a member of the crew, will return home after three months in orbit. Perhaps even more eager to come home is Randolph Bresnik. His daughter, Abigail Mae, was born over the weekend.

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