[sarex] STS-117 Crew Inspected Shuttle Heat Shield
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*STS-117 Crew Inspected Shuttle Heat Shield*
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The STS-117 crew members completed the day's scheduled inspections of
Space Shuttle Atlantis’ heat shield. They used Atlantis’ robotic arm and
an attached boom extension to check the spacecraft’s underside, nose cap
and leading edges of the wings as well as hard to reach shuttle surfaces.
The inspections are performed to check if any damage occurred to the
heat shield during the climb to orbit that began when Atlantis lifted
off Friday from Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Over the next few days,
engineers and flight controllers will analyze the data collected by the
Last night during the robot arm checkout, the robotic arm cameras were
used to take a closer look at an area of insulation blanket on the port
orbital maneuvering system pod that pulled away from adjacent thermal
tiles. Engineers are analyzing the imagery.
Throughout the day, the crew has been preparing for Sunday’s arrival at
the International Space Station. The day's activities include the
extension of the shuttle’s docking ring and the check out of tools they
will use to rendezvous and link up with the station. Docking is set for
3:38 p.m. Sunday.
Earlier today, the STS-117 crew checked out spacesuits to be used during
the mission’s three scheduled spacewalks at the space station. The major
objective of the spacewalks is to install and activate the station’s
newest component, the Starboard 3 and 4 (S3/S4) truss segments, and to
assist in the retraction of the starboard array on the Port 6 truss.
STS-117 is also delivering a new crew member to the station.
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