Astros Pack Buzz Lightyear for Return Flight
Discovery shuttle departs today
Astronaut Rick Sturckow, STS-128 commander, works in the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM), temporarily attached to the International Space Station while Space Shuttle Discovery remains docked with the station.
To infinity and back to Earth.
Astronauts on board the linked international space station and space shuttle Discovery packed up a 12-inch Buzz Lightyear action figure for its journey home on Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.
The "Toy Story" hero named after real life astro Buzz Aldrin made his space debut a little more than a year ago. This past week NASA has filmed the figure in action for an education campaign for kids. One scene shows Buzz floating through a chamber followed by an astronaut, according to the AP.
Earlier on Monday, the 13 astronauts on board finished their final task: filling a giant cylinder with a ton of trash to haul home on Discovery.
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Published at 2:18 AM EDT on Sep 8, 2009