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Shuttle Races Toward Space Station

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The commander of space shuttle Discovery says the mission's off to "a really good start."

The shuttle's gotten a clean bill of health so far, and it's racing toward a docking with the international space station this afternoon.

Discovery will get another inspection about an hour before docking, when commander Mark Polansky manually steers the shuttle's nose up and slowly flips the spacecraft over so the space station's crew can photograph its belly for damage.

So far, managers on the ground say they see nothing that worries them.

On this mission, Discovery is delivering a new crew member and a two-ton addition to the space lab.


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