Discovery arrives at space station
The shuttle Discovery has docked with the International Space Station early Saturday on its final voyage into space.
The shuttle successfully completed its docking procedure at 2:14 p.m.et.
A few minutes after 1 p.m., Commander Steven Lindsey and pilot Eric Boe brought Discovery to a halt about 600 feet directly below the space station. At that point, Lindsey conducted a computer-assisted 360-degree back-flip maneuver, exposing the shuttle’s belly and critical heat-shield tiles to the crew aboard the station, reports CBS News space consultant William Harwood..
Expedition 26 flight engineers Catherine “Cady” Coleman and Paolo Nespoli filmed the maneuver, using 400 mm and 800 mm telephoto lenses respectively, to capture high-resolution photographs of Discovery’s heat shield tiles. The images will be downlinked to analysts in mission control at the Johnson Space Center for detailed evaluation.