That loose thermal blanket just under the commander's window on
the space shuttle Discovery may be a bit tattered, but it's no
cause for yet another repair-in-flight spacewalk. So say the powers
that be at NASA.
By ANN Senior Editor Pete Combs
It's not that there haven't been problems. Since Discovery
launched ten days ago, the shuttle crew has had to deal with
falling foam, dangling gap-filler and tears in a thermal blanket.
That a complex machine like the shuttle has issues is not
unexpected. That NASA has returned the shuttle to flight with a new
attitude is what impresses me most.
NASA To Decide On Yet Another Shuttle Repair Mission
NASA to Discovery Astronauts Stephen Robinson and Soichi
Noguchi: Don't hang up your spacesuits just yet. The shuttle's EVA
team may have yet another task to perform before the orbiter
returns to Earth on Monday.