Archive - Mar 13, 2008 - Story
Image above: The STS-123 crew boards the International Space Station. Credit: NASA TV
The crews of space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station have completed their first day as an orbital team, beginning 12 days of joint operations.
About an hour before docking, which occurred at 11:49 p.m. EDT Wednesday, STS-123 Commander Dominic Gorie guided the shuttle through a back-flip maneuver, giving the Expedition 16 crew the opportunity to take pictures of the orbiter's protective heat-resistant tiles. These photos were sent to engineers on Earth for analysis.