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Space shuttle Endeavour departs space station

The space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of 7 have left the international space station.

The space shuttle undocked from the space station Friday morning, ending a 12-day visit that left the orbiting complex with more modern and deluxe living quarters.

Before Endeavour pulled away, space station skipper Mike Fincke thanked the shuttle astronauts for "the extreme home makeover." The space station now has almost everything it needs to accommodate a bigger crew next year, including an extra bathroom, kitchen and bedrooms, and a new recycling system that can turn urine and sweat into drinking water.

Endeavour is due back on Earth on Sunday.

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