August 17, 2011
Computer-generated artists rendering of the Space Shuttle Discovery docked to the International Space Station. This angle shows an intermediate position of the shuttle robotic system during a test of the 50-foot robotic arm boom extension, usually used for remote shuttle Thermal Protection System (TPS) inspections, as a potential work platform for hard-to-reach repair sites on the bottom of the orbiter for Detailed Test Objective (DTO) 849. The test is scheduled to be conducted during the first spacewalk of STS-121.
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