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Atlantis Crew Gets To Kick Back & Relax

CAPE CANAVERAL (CBS4) – The astronauts on NASA's last space shuttle flight will get to kick back and relax on Thursday.

The crew of four will squeeze in a little more cargo hauling at the International Space Station  then will have some time off. The six station residents will also enjoy some down time as well.

Several tons of food, clothes and other supplies were delivered by space shuttle Atlantis. All that needs to be hand-carried into the space station. The cargo carrier will be filled back up with old station equipment and trash for return to Earth next week.

Atlantis will leave the space station next week and head home to Florida. It's the last flight for NASA's 30-year shuttle program.

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