From: Johnson Space Center
Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Space shuttle Atlantis' crew completed today's inspection of the shuttle's thermal protection system at 10:30 a.m. EDT. They used the 50-foot long Orbiter Boom Sensor System to conduct a high fidelity, three-dimensional scan of areas of the shuttle that experience the highest heating during entry--the wing leading edges and nose cap. Managers and engineers in Mission Control will review the data today and tomorrow to validate the heat shield's integrity.
This marks the final use of the shuttle's robotic arm, dating back to its inaugural flight on the shuttle Challenger in April 1983 on the STS-7 mission, operated by the first American woman to fly in space, Sally Ride.
Today's Mission Management Team Briefing is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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