Not long after the opening of the payload bay doors on the Space Shuttle Endeavour, crewmembers were able to get their first looks at cargo and hardware located in the bay, from windows on the aft flight deck. Visible in the frame are the Canadian-built remote manipulator system's robot arm, the docking system which will have a major role in the following day's docking with the International Space Station, and the Italian-built Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo en route to its fifth visit to the orbital outpost.
STS-126 MCC Status Report #05 :: 11.16.08 - The space shuttle Endeavour docked with the International Space Station at 4:01 p.m. CST, carrying the Leonardo logistics module with over 14,000 pounds of cargo for the complex. Endeavour Commander Chris Ferguson guided the shuttle to a docking with the station as the two spacecraft flew 212 miles above the northern border of India, near China. Before closing the final 600 feet to the station, Ferguson flew the shuttle through a slow backflip, allowing the station’s Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke and Flight Engineer Greg Chamitoff to take photos that ground experts will review to assess the health of Endeavour’s heat shield. The shuttle and station crews opened hatches and greeted one another at 6:16 p.m., beginning more than a week of joint operations between the two crews. + STS-126 Begins!