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Fraser
2005-Aug-04, 05:24 PM
SUMMARY: Astronaut Steve Robinson successfully pulled out the protruding gap fillers from between the shuttle's thermal protection tiles during his 7 hour spacewalk yesterday. The gap fillers came out with a simple tug; Robinson didn't need the makeshift hacksaw he'd brought with him. NASA officials were worried that the Nextel fabric could lead to overheating in the area during Discovery's re-entry. The filler material keeps the shuttle's heat tiles from bumping into each other during launch, but aren't necessary during landing.

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dave_f
2005-Aug-05, 08:24 AM
Good news for the astronauts! My congratulations go out to all involved on this mission.