CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Space shuttle Discovery is closing
in on the international space station for a 220-mile-high linkup.
The shuttle and its seven astronauts are due to arrive late
Tuesday afternoon. They're delivering one last set of solar wings
to bring the orbiting outpost up to full power.
Discovery has been circling Earth, slowly catching up with the
space station, since Sunday night's launch. The shuttle also will
drop off badly needed equipment for the station's water-recycling
system, which still is being tested, and a fresh crew member.
The three space station residents got some good news Monday.
They didn't need to dodge an approaching piece of space junk
because engineers determined the debris would stay safely away.