Astronauts Get Busy With Space Station Stockpiling

By: AP
By: AP

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The astronauts aboard the orbiting
shuttle-station complex will get cracking Monday on all their
supply delivery work.

Space shuttle Atlantis has a 21-foot-long canister in its
payload bay that's full of food, clothes and other provisions for
the International Space Station. The astronauts will use a robot
arm to lift the carrier out of the shuttle and attach it to the
station. It's enough to keep the outpost going for a full year in
the post-shuttle era.

Atlantis is making NASA's final space shuttle flight.

NASA, meanwhile, expects to have a better idea Monday as to
whether the joined spacecraft will need to dodge a piece of space
junk. The piece of orbiting debris may come too close Tuesday. The
size of the object is not known.

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