Astronauts to Inspect Shuttle Heat Shield for Dings

Astronauts to Inspect Shuttle Heat Shield for Dings
Endeavour's external fuel tank gracefully falls away from the shuttle, revealing the orbiter's heat shield, during a Nov. 14, 2008 liftoff. (Image credit: NASA TV.)

Astronauts aboard NASA's shuttle

Led by commander

?I?ll be doing a good chunk of the

Boe and mission specialists Shane

The inspection is expected to begin

Orbital inspections of a shuttle?s

Shuttle astronauts now use a suite

?Once all the data gets to the

Astronauts aboard the space station

A final inspection is scheduled near

Endeavour?s STS-126 mission is

"We?re taking a three-bedroom,

The planned 15-day mission will keep

NASA is providing live coverage of


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