Thu, Aug 09, 2007
Heat Shield Inspection, Docking Preparations Slated For
With the exhilaration of launch still
fresh on the minds of the astronauts onboard Endeavour, on Thursday
the crew got down to business... inspecting the orbiter's heat
shield, and readying the shuttle for Friday's scheduled rendezvous
with the International Space Station.
NASA tells ANN pilot Charles Hobaugh, and mission specialists
Tracy Caldwell and Rick Mastracchio are using the shuttle’s
robotic arm and the Orbiter Boom Sensor System (OBSS) to take an
extensive and detailed look at the orbiter’s thermal
protection system. Mission specialists Dave Williams and Barbara
Morgan will join Mastracchio for the latter part of the survey.
The crew of the space shuttle Endeavour was awakened for its
first full day in orbit at 0837 EDT by the song "Where My Heart
Will Take Me," performed by Russell Watson. The song -- Trekkers
will recognize it as the theme to "Star Trek: Enterprise" -- was
played for Mission Specialist Rick Mastracchio.
In preparation for Endeavour’s rendezvous and docking with
the space station, crew members will also install a centerline
camera, to assist Commander Scott Kelly in piloting the orbiter
during its approach to the station docking port. Crew members also
will check out rendezvous tools and extend the Orbiter Docking
Endeavour is scheduled to dock at 1353 EDT Friday.
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