Saturday, August 29, 2009

Discovery in orbit

Late last night STS-128 successfully blasted off and entered low Earth orbit.

"Heat Shield Inspection for Crew

Sat, 29 Aug 2009 01:53:54 PM CDT

The crew of space shuttle Discovery woke at 1:30 p.m. to start work on the first full day of their 13-day mission. The seven-person crew will focus on heat shield inspections and preparations docking to the International Space Station Sunday.

Overnight, the Flight Control Team reported the failure of one of two small steering jets that flank the orbiter nose due to a leak. This will have no impact to docking, other mission activities or entry, but the crew will close a manifold to isolate both jets and disable them from use for the remainder of the mission."

When it docks with the ISS it will deliver astronaut Nicole Stott and a cargo that includes the COLBERT treadmill. An interactive timeline of the mission is available on the NASA website, and you can watch events unfold on NASA TV.

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