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NASA engineers were trying to identify an object that floated away from Discovery and were analyzing a protrusion found on its rudder Friday, a day before the space shuttle was scheduled to land.
The two issues were noticed after a routine test of the spacecraft's flight control systems and steering jets.
The debris spotted floating away from space shuttle Discovery has been preliminarily identified as a thermal clip from the shuttle's brake system, NASA said Friday.
Originally posted by Anti-Tyrant
Well, that would lead one to believe that the space ship collided with some stationary debris left behind by a satelliete (ironically, it's possible it's the one
WASHINGTON (AFP) -
The object could be one of three clips from inside the rudder speed brake, William Jeffs, a spokesman at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, told AFP, adding that the loss of one "would not be a concern for entry or landing."
Mission control said on NASA TV that a bump spotted on the shuttle's rudder was also a "typical protrusion" and "is of no concern."
"The crew was told a short time ago that there are no concerns for entry and landing, that those clips only serve to protect the speed brake from the flow of heating during ascent," mission control said.
"We've seen these things come off before," he said, adding: "It is no worry at all, it has no effect on re-entry and Discovery is in great shape.