|Published:||May 16, 2010 5:44 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 16, 2010 5:44 PM EDT|
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Space shuttle Atlantis has docked at the International Space Station.
Atlantis and its crew of six arrived at the orbiting complex Sunday morning for a weeklong visit. The linkup occurred 220 miles above the South Pacific.
The shuttle performed a slow backflip from 600 feet out, so all its surfaces could be photographed by astronauts on the space station. They snapped hundreds of pictures of Atlantis during its final approach.
The picture-taking was especially important this time. On Saturday, a snagged cable prevented the astronauts from properly inspecting the shuttle for any possible launch damage. NASA wanted extra pictures to make up for the abbreviated survey.
The astronauts may try to free the cable during one of three spacewalks planned for this week.