Monday, July 20, 2009
Endeavour's Thermal Protection System Cleared for Reentry!
After much analysis and briefings, Endeavour's thermal protection system has been cleared for reentry! The right hand side of the orbiter did exhibit some damage due to the foam that shed during ascent. However, only one of these damages really needed further evaluation due to the depth. In reviewing all the the high resolution photos, we saw a very clean heat shield with the exception of the foam damages. So, our job is done and now we're back at Kennedy Space Center. :)