August 17, 2011
Raffaello was unberthed from Discovery's cargo bay just before 1 a.m. CDT Friday by the Station's Canadarm2, operated by astronauts Wendy Lawrence, STS-114 mission specialist, and James M. Kelly, pilot, and attached to the Station's Unity Node. Hatches were opened a little after 10 a.m. Transfer of its cargo to the Station began soon thereafter. Astronauts Stephen K. Robinson and Soichi Noguchi of JAXA, both mission specialists and both out of frame here, had donned gag hard hats to represent the moving chores that lay ahead once Raffaello was opened. Those two were to exchange their hardhats for EVA suits in less than 24 hours to support the first scheduled spacewalk for STS-114.