August 30, 2009 in Nation/World

Shuttle prepares for docking

Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Space shuttle Discovery’s astronauts steered closer to the International Space Station for a linkup today, while checking their ship for any signs of launch damage.

NASA officials say no fuel tank debris was observed hitting Discovery during Friday’s liftoff. But the shuttle’s most vulnerable areas – the wings and nose – still needed to be inspected with lasers and cameras on a boom attached to the robot arm.

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