Another Day in Paradise

It seems Dottie will be getting an extra day in orbit as STS-131 has had their mission extended a day to allow for extra time to inspect Discovery’s heat shield.

From SpaceFlightNow:
When the Ku-band system is working, they will actually do that late inspection after they have undocked and that will clear the thermal protection system for entry. Since we need to use the ISS Ku-band system to downlink all those files and the video, obviously we need to do that before they have undocked. So we needed to have the time to perform those inspections.

I guess she’ll just have to cope with the delay! Somehow, I think she and the rest of the crew will manage.

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