Endeavour Docks After New Damage Check

Shuttle docks without hitch but launch video shows possible bird hit
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2008 3:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Endeavour docked with the international space station without a glitch yesterday just after the shuttle was again examined for damage, AP reports.  The craft did a full backflip before docking so every inch of it could be inspected. Launch videos first revealed that something may have hit the shuttle's nose seconds after lift off.

"It's too early to speculate," NASA's management team leader said of any possible damage to the shuttle. "There's nothing that stands out in terms of things that we're worried about." Shuttle photos will be carefully examined in the coming days as the seven astronauts begin to install a new lab module and assemble a giant repair robot in the longest-ever shuttle mission.