CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. —Endeavour zoomed toward a midnight rendezvous with the International Space Station late Tuesday, and NASA grew ever more optimistic that the shuttle is free of any launch damage.
All the pictures and information collected during the first two days of the flight indicate Endeavour suffered no serious damage during Monday's liftoff. But the analysis is continuing, and a few hundred photos taken from the space station during Endeavour's final approach will yield additional data, said LeRoy Cain, chairman of the mission management team.
Endeavour and its crew of six were due to arrive at the space station a few minutes after midnight Tuesday, delivering a new room and domed lookout. They will spend more than a week there, installing the compartments and helping with space station maintenance.
This represents the last major construction work at the orbiting outpost. Once the room, named Tranquillity, and the observation deck are in place, the station will be 98 percent complete.
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Three infants' deaths prompt recall of cribs
WASHINGTON — Government safety officials Tuesday announced a recall of more than 500,000 drop-side cribs sold at Buy Buy Baby, Kmart, Walmart and other stores after the deaths of three infants.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says plastic hardware on Generation 2 Worldwide and Childesigns cribs can break and allow the drop side to detach. In addition, the mattress supports can break away from the crib frames. Both defects create gaps where a small child can be trapped and suffocate or strangle.
The agency has received three reports of children who died after getting trapped in gaps between the drop sides of their cribs and their mattresses.