Shuttle undocks after 11 days at space station

July 28, 2009 1:09:53 PM PDT
The space shuttle Endeavour is on its way home leaving behind a bigger and more energized international space station. Seven of the 13 people who'd lived together in space for the past 11 days left today aboard Endeavour. The other six will remain on the station. And one of them says six will seem "like a very small number."

The shuttle is expected to land in Florida on Friday. The crew members installed a porch for experiments on Japan's science lab, and plugged in some fresh batteries.

They also had to deal with a flooded toilet and an overheated air-cleansing system. Both ended up being fixed.

Shuttle commander Mark Polansky thanked the station residents for being "tremendous hosts."