By July 10, 2006

Discovery’s heat shield ‘OK’

The Discovery space shuttle has been cleared for re-entry to Earth next week after Nasa officials gave its heat shield a clean bill of health.
Analysts at mission control in Houston had spent days looking at images for possible damage caused by Tuesday’s lift-off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

They later said that there were a few areas that they had to examine in more detail including a 5cm piece of ‘fabric’ sticking out between two tiles but have later concluded that this is no problem.

The shuttle is scheduled to return to the Kennedy Space Center on 17 July after one last check that it has not been hit by small meteorites.

Matt

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