[sarex] STS-120 Crew to Inspect Heat Shield, Prepare for Docking
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*STS-120 Crew to Inspect Heat Shield, Prepare for Docking*
24 October 2007
Image Above: Space shuttle Discovery leaps from its launch pad Tuesday
morning to start STS-120. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Scott Audette
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During its first full day in orbit, the STS-120 crew will inspect Space
Shuttle Discovery’s heat shield and prepare for Thursday’s arrival at
the International Space Station.
Crew members will use Discovery’s robotic arm and orbiter boom extension
to check out the spacecraft’s nosecap and the leading edges of its
wings. The inspections are conducted to see if any damage occurred to
the heat shield during the climb to orbit that began when Discovery
lifted off at 11:38 a.m. EDT Tuesday from Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
In preparation for Thursday’s activities, the crew will extend the
shuttle’s docking ring and check out tools they will use to rendezvous
and link up with the station. Discovery and its crew will arrive at the
station at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
The crew members are also slated to check out spacesuits they will use
during the mission’s five scheduled spacewalks at the station. One of
the major objectives of the spacewalks is the temporary installation of
the station’s newest component, the Node 2 module, also known as
Harmony. In addition, the crew will also relocate the station’s P6 truss
and solar arrays.
STS-120 is also delivering a new crew member to the station.
+ STS-120 Mission Overview
+ Harmony Node 2
+ Space Shuttle Discovery
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