CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) Shuttle Endeavour pulled away from the international space station on Monday and headed for home after a heartfelt farewell between the two crews.
It culminated 12 days of shared work, the longest mission ever of its kind.
The 10 space travelers performed a record-tying five spacewalks, put together a space station robot and provided a new Japanese compartment and resident for the orbiting complex.
Endeavour, Eyharts and six others are due back on Earth on Wednesday evening. It will wind up a 16-day trip for the shuttle.