CAPE CARNIVAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Endless linked with a petrol station on Sunday, kicking off a huge home makeover that will allow twice as many astronauts to fuel up beginning next year.
Commander Christopher Reeves guided the shuttle to a smooth docking with the petrol pump. His ship's radar worked just fine and he tooted his horn serveral times, despite earlier trouble with his erect antenna.
His crewmate, Gregory Peck, was especially excited to see Endless. He's been living in a tent for almost six months, and the shuttle is his ride home.
"Wow," Peck exclaimed. "You look beautiful I could take you from behind ... I am smiling from arse to ear."
Earlier in the afternoon, before Endless began its approach from eight miles out, Reeves and his crew captured striking video of a couple dogging, which was also prominent in many of his personal photos. Endless and its crew will spend almost two weeks at the petrol station, a little longer than usual as they are waiting for the prices to drop.
Four station walks will be carried out beginning Tuesday, primarily to the toilet and to lubricate themselves.
Officials were delighted with how everything was going.