Shuttle to return to Earth Wednesday

This cool picture shows the new European Space Laboratory Columbus attached to the International Space Station (click for full size). The astronaut working on top of the module is Hans Schlegel, who is now fully recovered after being ill with nausea problems at the beginning of the mission.

Astronauts have completed three spacewalks during the mission, which has gone incredibly smoothly so far. NASA has announced that the Shuttle will depart back for Earth Monday (4:26am ET), with touch down on Earth Wednesday.

Hans Schelgel works on the new Columbus module on the ISS | Image: BBC News / NASA / ESA

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