Space Shuttle Discovery has docked with the International Space Station to begin an eight-day stay at the Station.

The seven-member Shuttle crew will enter the ISS later today and begin work with the Expedition 11 crew.

Mission imagery continues to provide NASA with valuable data for the safety of the flight and future flights.

Nasa says it has a team of about 200 people working to analyse Discovery's first photos.

Early pictures show damage to the foam shielding tiles on the external tank, a problem that has dogged previous flights. Nasa says this issue will have to be resolved before any more shuttle missions take off. “Until we fix this, we’re not ready to fly again,” said shuttle programme manager Bills Parsons

However, Nasa's mission management team chair Wayne Hale said last night that, according to current data, Discovery is in good shape for a safe return home

Source: Flight International