Mission Control: No Obvious Signs of Endeavour Damage

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Mission Control says there are no obvious signs of damage on the space shuttle Endeavour.

The shuttle's astronauts Saturday unfurled a 100-foot-long, laser-tipped pole to survey the outside ship for any damage that might have occurred during Friday night's liftoff.

At least two pieces of debris were spotted in launch photos, and engineers have been studying the images to determine whether anything hit Endeavour. One piece was likely a narrow strip of thermal blanket that was yanked off the shuttle during launch.

The spacecraft and its crew of seven are on track to hook up Sunday afternoon with the space station, currently home to three astronauts. The shuttle is delivering tons of equipment for remodeling, including a new bathroom and kitchenette and sleeping compartments for an expanded crew.

Virtually every inch of Endeavour will be photographed with zoom lenses when it rendezvous with the space station late Sunday afternoon.


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