Seen as a tiny dot at the top of the Washington Monument, a man attaches rigging to the monument, from which four people will rappel down the sides to survey the extent of damage sustained to it from the Aug. 23 earthquake, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, on the National Mall in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
September 28, 2011 9:32:41 AM PDT
By BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - September 28, 2011 --
Engineers harnessed to ropes have begun an exterior inspection of the quake-damaged Washington Monument.