Feeds

Discovery docks with ISS

Smooth mating

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Power of One Infographic

In brief The space shuttle Discovery has successfully docked with the International Space Station in a trauma-free mating during which ISS cameras captured images of the vehicle's underside for inspection for possible damage to the heat shielding.

Initial reports suggest that there is no major cause for concern following the detachment of two pieces of foam from the shuttle's external fuel tank - one six inches long from the liquid hydrogen intertank flange, and another about 30 inches long from the Protuberance Air Load (Pal) ramp - during the orbiter's 26 July launch. NASA will continue to probe the photos in a search of hitherto unseen impact damage.

Although the fuel tank incident provoked NASA to ground the entire shuttle fleet indefinitely, Nasa administrator Dr Mike Griffin told ABC News that over-dramatisation was unnecessary with regard to Discovery. "Everything that we see at this point says that the orbiter is in fact a clean bird," he assured viewers.

Discovery is due to return to Earth on 7 August. ®

Related link

Up-to-the-minute news on the NASA Return to Flight website.

Related stories

Shuttle grounded again - indefinitely
NASA investigates falling debris
Shuttle actually lifts off

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists
Researchers, advocates, health workers among those on shot-down plane
Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON
NASA won't be back any time soon, sadly
Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Eccentric billionaire Musk gets his PRIVATE SPACEPORT
In the Lone Star State, perhaps appropriately enough
MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets
Just being in the Goldilocks zone doesn't mean there'll be anyone to eat the porridge
The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots
Someone needs to get that lazy star cooking again before things get cold around here
Diary note: Pluto's close-up is a year from … now!
New Horizons is less than a year from the dwarf planet
Boffins discuss AI space program at hush-hush IARPA confab
IBM, MIT, plenty of others invited to fill Uncle Sam's spy toolchest, but where's Google?
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.