CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space shuttle Endeavour has docked with the international space station 220 miles up.
Commander Christopher Ferguson guided the shuttle to a smooth docking late today afternoon. His ship’s radar worked just fine, despite earlier trouble with the antenna.
The linkup kicks off a huge home makeover that will allow twice as many astronauts to live on the space station beginning next year.
An hour before the docking, Ferguson guided Endeavour through a 360-degree backflip. Mike Fincke and another space station resident took zoom-in pictures of the somersaulting shuttle. The images will help NASA determine whether Endeavour sustained any damage during liftoff Friday night.
At least two pieces of debris have been spotted so far in launch pictures.