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July 26, 2005

Discovery on Orbit

The Space Shuttle Discovery has reached an elliptical orbit on course for the International Space Station, due to arrive Thursday morning at 7:18 a.m. EDT.

NASA just held a mission status briefing, reporting that the Shuttle is in good health. NASA engineers are currently examining the imagery taken by more than 100 video and still cameras, looking for any evidence of debris shed during the flight. They are studying the video footage of a chunk of debris that fell away - apparently from the External Tank - just after separation of the Solid Rocket Boosters. NASA officials are estimating that it will take five days to analyze the imagery and data from the embedded wing sensors before they can say with confidence how Discovery fared during the initial ascent.

For all the latest updates direct from NASA, visit NASA's Return to Flight Web page: http://www.nasa.gov/returntoflight/main/index.html

Space.com also offers a wide array of Return to Flight news and information, and is definitely worth perusing: http://www.space.com/returntoflight/

Posted by jeremy at July 26, 2005 04:50 PM

 

 

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