June 13, 2008
Shuttle Gets Go-Ahead to Return Saturday
Phew! For a few tense hours Friday it looked to Houston as if shuttle Discovery might have a problem.
During routine pre-landing checks, crew members saw something fly off the shuttle and into space. Then they noticed what looked like a bump in the ship's tail rudder. Luckily, they took some great photos and video, which allowed engineers to figure out that there was no bump on the rudder, and the floating object was a piece of insulation needed only for takeoff.
The forecast looks good. But if weather does become an issue, astronauts have a second opportunity to land at the space center at 12:50 p.m., taking a more northerly approach toward space center over Orlando, Fla. If that's not possible, they can try again Sunday and Monday.
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