Astronauts inspect shuttle Endeavour one last time
This image provided by NASA shows astronaut Andrew Feustel hanging by one arm from the International Space Station backdropped by the blue earth during the third spacewalk Wednesday May 25, 2011. (AP Photo/NASA) By Ron Garan
In this image provided by NASA astronauts Andrew Feustel (right) and Michael Fincke wave to astronaut Ron Garan in the International Space Stationb's cupola window during third space walk, on May 25, 2011. (AP Photo/NASA - Ron Garan) By Ron Garan
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The astronauts making the next-to-last space shuttle flight inspected their ship one last time.
Endeavour's crew used a long inspection boom early Thursday to check for any signs of damage. The space fliers will hand over the laser-tipped tool to the International Space Station on Friday. The pole will be attached to the orbiting lab during the fourth and final spacewalk of Endeavour's mission.
The 3-D shuttle images are being analyzed by experts on the ground. NASA wants to make sure Endeavour suffered no micrometeorite damage, before clearing the shuttle to come home next week.
This is the last flight of Endeavour. It will be retired to a museum in Los Angeles.
Atlantis will make the final space shuttle voyage in July.
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