CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. — Space shuttle Endeavour pulled up to the International Space Station and docked Wednesday, kicking off almost two weeks of demanding construction work.
Before the late-night linkup, Endeavour's commander, Dominic Gorie, guided the shuttle through a 360-degree back flip to allow for full photographic surveillance.
It's one of the many safety-related procedures put in place after the Columbia disaster in 2003.
The space station crew used cameras with high-powered zoom lenses to photograph Endeavour from nose to tail, especially all the thermal tiles on its belly.
The pictures -- as many as 300 -- will be scrutinized by engineers on the ground to see whether the shuttle suffered any damage during Tuesday's launch.