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By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Spacewalking astronaut Steve Robinson plucked a couple of loose fiber strips from Discovery's belly on Wednesday in an unprecedented repair to the shuttle's heat shield. "I'm grasping it and I'm pulling it and it's coming out very easily. Beautiful.
By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two Discovery astronauts floated outside the shuttle on Wednesday for the start of a seven-hour spacewalk that will include an unprecedented repair job on the shuttle's troublesome heat shield.
Discovery's astronauts had misgivings about the risky spacewalk mission to the shuttle's fragile belly but agreed to try the repair because it seemed relatively easy to do, crewmembers said on Tuesday. The protruding strips are small -- only an inch (2.5 cm) long -- but NASA fears they could affect aerodynamics.
By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - The Discovery crew on Tuesday worked out plans for an impromptu repair job that will send spacewalking astronaut Steve Robinson underneath the shuttle to work on its fragile belly for the first time in space history.
By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - Determined not to lose another space shuttle and crew, NASA on Monday decided to send one of Discovery's astronauts on a risky spacewalk to the ship's fragile underside to smooth protruding fibers in the heat shield.
NASA announced Monday that an astronaut will perform a spacewalk to fix two worrisome pieces of filler material protruding from Discovery's belly - a high-stakes operation to repair a problem that could threaten the shuttle during re-entry. NASA decided to conduct the spacewalk Wednesday to "set our minds at rest."
By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two spacewalking astronauts, one of them perched on a 50-foot robot arm, worked to replace a failed gyroscope on the International Space Station on Monday, while NASA pondered whether shuttle Discovery's heat shield needs an unprecedented repair.
Two spacewalking astronauts, one of them perched on a 50-foot robot arm, worked to replace a failed gyroscope on the International Space Station on Monday, while NASA pondered whether shuttle Discovery's heat shield needs an unprecedented repair. Japan's Soichi Noguchi wrestled to pull the 660-pound gyroscope from the station.
By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two astronauts ventured outside the shuttle Discovery on Monday to replace a failed gyroscope on the International Space Station in the second of three planned spacewalks as NASA pondered whether to add a fourth to fix the shuttle's heat shield.
By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two shuttle astronauts were set to replace a failed gyroscope on the International Space Station on Monday in the second of three planned spacewalks as NASA pondered whether to add a fourth to repair loose material on Discovery's heat shield.
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