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Published July 09, 2011, 04:17 PM

Atlantis' first full day in orbit nearly perfect

The space shuttle Atlantis hasn't performed like a ship ready for retirement.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The first full day of the final flight of the aging space shuttle fleet has been practically flawless.

NASA officials say the unusually small four-person crew of

Atlantis worked through lunch Saturday and finished their tasks in

near record time. After Friday's launch, the astronauts inspected

the shuttle's heat shield for launch damage and prepared for

Sunday's docking with the International Space Station.

So far, Atlantis doesn't even have minor glitches. The worst

problem is that the crew could not find an eye chart for a vision

test, something that caused a chuckle among ground controllers.

Flight Director Kwatsi Alibaruho (KWAHT'-zee AL'-lee-bah-roo-ho)

said the lack of problems allows engineers to enjoy the final

flight more.