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The Discovery crew’s sleep period begins at 7:23 p.m. EST, with a wakeup call scheduled for 3:23 a.m. Saturday. Highlights of Flight Day 9 will be replayed hourly on NASA Television during crew sleep beginning at 8 p.m.

During the afternoon Friday, Mission Specialists Steve Bowen and Alvin Drew stowed tools they used outside on the spacewalks earlier this week. Meanwhile their colleagues continued with Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module activities, moving supplies and equipment from the new module into the station and outfitting the interior of the module.

Earlier in the day, all 12 shuttle and station crew members gathered for the joint news conference. They took questions from reporters at Johnson Space Center, Kennedy Space Center and in Italy.

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