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Shuttle undocked, prepares to return home

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Space shuttle Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station yesterday, following the crew's successful completion of their STS-132 mission tasks.

During three spacewalks, mission specialists Steve Bowen, Michael Good and Garrett Reisman swapped out six nickel-hydrogen battery units on the station's Port 6 truss, as well as installing a second space-to-ground Ku-band antenna for the orbiting outpost.

The Atlantis astronauts were this morning treated to the theme tune of Wallace & Gromit as their wake-up call, played for Steve Bowen. He said: "Thank you to my family, Debbie and the boys; it's another great day in space."

The shuttle crew will today perform a "late inspection of the shuttle's thermal protection system" ahead of Wednesday's planned return to Earth. ®

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