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Saturday, 21 May 2011

Endeavour Receives Damage Survey - All OK!

This amazing photograph (from NASA) of the Space Shuttle Endeavour was taken from the International Space Station as Endeavour performed a slow pitch to allow the crew of the ISS check the craft for any damage which might have occurred during its launch last Monday. This has become a standard procedure since the Columbia disaster in 2003, when the shuttle disintegrated on re-entry due to damage obtained during launch.

The picture shows the shuttle, with its cargo bay open, with a tiny Moon just visible in the background. Incidentally, NASA have just annouced when the final shuttle launch will take place. Atlantis is currently scheduled to launch on July 8th 2011, returning to Earth on July 20th - the anniversary of the day Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon.