Monday, August 01, 2005

I hope I'm wrong...

...but I don't think I like where this is going:

UPDATE (8/3/05; 9:30 a.m. ET): Well, the repair job was a success. Now, we just need Discovery to get home safely.


NASA to conduct spacewalk to mend shuttle

8/1/2005, 7:34 p.m. ET
By MARCIA DUNN
The Associated Press

This image taken by the crew of the International Space Station shows the space shuttle Discovery on July 28. Discovery's commander said that the shuttle's crew had been surprised and disappointed to find that NASA had not ended the foam debris problem.(AFP/NASA)<br />SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — NASA announced Monday that an astronaut will perform a spacewalk to fix two worrisome pieces of filler material protruding from Discovery's belly — a high-stakes operation to repair a problem that could threaten the shuttle during re-entry...

...it will be a largely unrehearsed operation, with the risk that the astronauts might accidentally damage Discovery's fragile thermal shield and make matters worse.

This image released by NASA Thursday, July 28, 2005, shows a protruding gap filler and title damage on the underside of the space shuttle Discovery. (AP Photo/NASA)"The biggest thing that everybody's concerned about is doing no harm," said Mission Control spacewalk officer Cindy Begley.

Nevertheless, she said she was not overly concerned about the potential repair.

"It's not actually that bad," she said. All spacewalks are risky, she said, adding, "It's just new stuff we've never done before."


Before space shuttle Discovery took off on this mission, I told people I had a bad feeling another disaster might take place...I'm starting to think it might actually happen.

Again, I hope I am wrong.

Hmm...here's something interesting from NASA...Gap Filler Repair Techniques

1 Comments:

At 10:33 PM, Blogger Rob said...

I just caught your post on this. I hadn't heard they decided to go ahead with the repair.

I credited your blog with alerting me to the update.

Thanks.

 

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