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Originally posted by wecomeinpeace
The damn shuttle would probably be a glassteel orb that re-enters the atmosphere enclosed in a heat-immune forcefield, while propelling itself by manipulating gravity, and powered by cold fusion.
Employing the kind of NASA ingenuity seen during Apollo 13, an astronaut prepped for an emergency repair job on Discovery's exterior Wednesday with forceps, scissors and a hacksaw fashioned out of a blade and a little duct tape.
The overriding concern was that Robinson might bump his helmet or a tool against the thermal tiles and, by scraping or chipping them, make matters far worse. He was under orders to keep his body at least a foot away from the shuttle's surface at all times. Just in case, NASA planned to have a tile-repair kit positioned out in the open payload bay.
Engineers are assessing whether something needs to be done about a thermal blanket below the commander's window that was nicked during launch, most likely by debris. Air got into the opening and puffed up the blanket.
The concern, Hale said, is that the blanket might come off during re-entry and smack into the shuttle.
Due to low clouds at the Kennedy Space Center landing site, Mission Control Houston has waved off both landing opportunities for Space Shuttle Discovery today. STS-114 Commander Eileen Collins and the rest of the crew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery will return the orbiter to normal flight operations for another day. The next opportunity is at 5:08 a.m. EDT Tuesday.