Shuttle Discovery Successfully Docks

NASA's shuttle Discovery successfully docked this afternoon. The astronaunts are on a 14-day mission to install a new lab on the International Space Station. Laurie Johnson has more.
Shuttle Discovery launched on Saturday. This afternoon — right on schedule — word came from Discovery Commander Mark Kelly:

"Houston and Station, capture confirmed. Docking confirmed at 1:03 p.m. Central. International Space Shuttle is in free drift. Copy that, we see the flashing lights."

Astronauts will conduct three spacewalks, tomorrow, Thursday and Sunday, to continue building the ISS.

NASA spokesman Bill Jeffs says the shuttle is on a fourteen day mission to transport and install the Japanese pressurized module lab:

"The Japanese Research Laboratory is a large tour bus-sized module. It will house experiments in a number of disciplines including space medicine, biology, earth observations, biotechnology and communications research."

The shuttle is scheduled to remain docked for nine days before making the return trip.

The next mission, in October, will be the Hubble servicing mission. It's the final mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF- Houston Public Radio News.
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Laurie Johnson

Local Host, All Things Considered

Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...