Astros Pack Buzz Lightyear for Return Flight

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Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009  |  Updated 5:54 AM CDT
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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.

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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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