Endeavour Departs Space Station

Having wrapped up a highly successful visit to the International Space Station, the space shuttle Endeavour has departed the orbiting outpost and is headed back for a Wednesday evening landing at Cape Canaveral.

The shuttle attached a Japanese module and the Canadian maintenance robot Dextre to the space station. ISS and shuttle astronauts also conducted a record-tying five spacewalks during the 12-day visit.

The shuttle dropped off Garrett Reisman for an extended stay on the outpost. It is returning with French astronaut Leopold Eyharts.