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Endeavour Crew Completes First Full Day in Space

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:40 am via: source
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(NASA) – En route to the International Space Station, astronauts aboard space shuttle Endeavour spent their first full day in space conducting a routine inspection of their thermal protection system ahead of docking at 1:55 p.m. EDT Friday.

While inspections take place to ensure Endeavour’s wing leading edge panels and nosecap are in good shape, imagery experts will continue to assess the overall health of the shuttle’s Thermal Protection System.

Astronaut Dave Wolf, STS-127 mission specialist, works on the middeck of space shuttle Endeavour during flight day one activities. Photo credit: NASA

Astronaut Dave Wolf, STS-127 mission specialist, works on the middeck of space shuttle Endeavour during flight day one activities. Photo credit: NASA

The early review indicates only a few minor dings in some tiles is present in video due to some unexpected losses of small foam pieces from the External Tank.

Thursday’s five-hour inspection took place as the seven crew members prepare for the docking to the station as the two spacecraft pass high above the Tasman Sea bridging the gap between southern Australia and New Zealand.

Meanwhile, space shuttle Discovery is being readied at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for its next mission targeted for mid August.

Its launch to the station will deliver supplies and logistics to support the six crew members living and working aboard the complex.

Discovery is targeted to roll to the Vehicle Assembly Building Monday to be mated to its External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters before being hauled to the launch pad a week later.

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