Wednesday, May 13, 2009
STS-125: Thermal Protection System Inspection
With the exception of some minor surface damages across four tiles on Atlantis, the rest of the Orbiter is in fantastic shape! We did not see any protruding gap fillers or other damages that were outside of our criteria. The damages that we did detect are in the final process of being evaluated by the aeroheating analysts and briefings are being put together to present to the Mission Management Team. We should be clear for a reentry by tomorrow morning after all the analysis is complete.
If you watched NASA TV today, you should have seen footage of slowly passing by tiles. That was the exact scan we were evaluating!