Space shuttle Atlantis docks at space station, looks beautiful to astronaut headed home

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Atlantis has arrived at the International Space Station.
Atlantis docked just before noon Wednesday. Before pulling up, the shuttle performed a pirouette for the space station cameras to check for any damage to the thermal tiles on its belly. NASA says so far, all indications are that Atlantis made it through Monday's liftoff just fine.
Space station resident Nicole Stott was thrilled to see her ride home. She's been at the orbiting outpost for two-and-a-half months. Stott said Atlantis looked beautiful as it approached the space station.
The six astronauts on the shuttle and six on the station will team up to unload the tons of newly delivered spare parts.

Organizations: International Space Station, NASA

Geographic location: CAPE CANAVERAL

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