Times Colonist

Discovery docks at space station


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space shuttle Discovery slipped into a parking spot at the Internatio­nal Space Station yesterday after a two-day voyage to deliver Japan’s first orbital laboratory. Commander Mark Kelly lined up Discovery’s docking port with a matching clasp on the space station’s Harmony module, which serves as the vestibule for visiting space shuttles. In addition to delivering Japan’s $1-billion Kibo laboratory, an 11metre-long module that will become the station’s largest piece of real estate when it is attached today, Discovery ferried a new station crew member and critical equipment to repair the outpost’s sole toilet.

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