Space Shuttle does a Back Flip

March 13, 2008 8:54:23 AM PDT
Space Shuttle Endeavour has docked with the International Space Station, kicking off almost two weeks of demanding construction work.Space Shuttle Endeavour has docked with the international space station, kicking off almost two weeks of demanding construction work.

Before the late-night linkup, Endeavour did a 360-degree back flip to allow for full photographic surveillance to check for any possible damage. It's a safety-related procedure put in place following the 2003 Columbia disaster.

Something, maybe a bird, may have struck Endeavour's nose nine or 10 seconds after liftoff. The launch images are inconclusive so far.

Five spacewalks are planned during Endeavour's visit to the space station.


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