Astronauts get Sunday morning off after busy week

Mar 22, 2009

(AP) -- The astronauts aboard the orbiting station-shuttle complex are finally getting a break.

NASA is giving the 10 travelers Sunday morning off. The wrapped up the second of their joint mission Saturday. They accidentally inserted a pin upside down, however, and jammed an equipment storage platform on the outside of the .

A team at is trying to determine whether the crew could pry or hammer loose the pin. If so, it will be attempted Monday during the third and final spacewalk of shuttle Discovery's mission.

One item on Sunday afternoon's agenda is a full-up test of the urine processor that was delivered by Discovery. It's a critical part of the space station's new water-recycling system.

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