- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2011

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. (AP) - The astronauts making the next-to-last space shuttle flight inspected their ship one last time.

Endeavour’s crew used a long inspection boom early Thursday to check for any signs of damage. The space fliers will hand over the laser-tipped tool to the International Space Station on Friday. The pole will be attached to the orbiting lab during the fourth and final spacewalk of Endeavour’s mission.

The 3-D shuttle images are being analyzed by experts on the ground. NASA wants to make sure Endeavour suffered no micrometeorite damage, before clearing the shuttle to come home next week.

This is the last flight of Endeavour. It will be retired to a museum in Los Angeles.

Atlantis will make the final space shuttle voyage in July.

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