Astronauts turn into 'moving men' at space station

Jul 13, 2011 By MARCIA DUNN , AP Aerospace Writer
In an image made from video, astronaut Ronald Garan Jr. dangles outside the International Space Station during the last spacewalk of NASA's space shuttle era, with fellow astronaut Michael Fossum (not shown), Tuesday, July 12, 2011. They will retrieve a broken ammonia pump outside the International Space Station and pack it aboard the docked shuttle Atlantis. The two will also set up a robotic refueling experiment. (AP Photo/NASA)

(AP) -- The 10 astronauts on the orbiting shuttle-station complex can turn all their attention to hauling things back and forth now that their single spacewalk is over.

The last of NASA's 30-year shuttle era ended successfully Tuesday. It cleared the way for Wednesday's focus on space station stockpiling.

Atlantis delivered a year's worth of food, clothes and other supplies to the . Both crews are unloading the cargo carrier that flew up on the shuttle. They will fill it back up with space station trash and discarded equipment for return to Earth next week.

The 13-day mission is the last ever for a . After that, all three shuttles will become museum displays.

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