September 24, 2011
high res (1.3 M) low res (96 K) ISS015-E-12180 (15 June 2007) --- Close-up scene following completed repair work by astronaut John (Danny) Olivas (out of frame), STS-117 mission specialist, who spent two hours stapling and pinning down a thermal blanket on one of Atlantis' orbital maneuvering system pods. A 4-by-6-inch corner of the blanket peeled up during the shuttle's launch last week. The circular metal objects are the finger holds for pins that were inserted into the blanket and anchored into the TPS tiles. Staples, inserted into the material (not visible here) by a medical stapler, represented the primary fix to the damaged area, first noticed by the crew on launch day.
Topics: Edwards Air Force Base, Fasteners, Stationery, STS-1, STS-117, Staple, Stapler, Architecture, Space, Spaceflight, Technology