o The Frog Blog: Discovery Mission - Ku-Band Antenna Damaged

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Discovery Mission - Ku-Band Antenna Damaged

It is reported in some US newspapers today that the Ku-Band antenna in the Space Shuttle Discovery was damaged during it launch yesterday. This devise is used to transmit images of the outside of the shuttle (particularly its heat shield) to mission control in Florida. However, NASA reported earlier via Twitter that the astronauts have inspected the heat shield and no damage is reported. The inspection was filmed so mission control can inspect it also when Discovery docks with the ISS. They also report that the damaged antenna won't affect the mission. It must also be noted that there are now more women in space than ever before - the three female astronauts in Discovery will join the one already in the ISS when it docks tomorrow morning!

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