STS-120 Flight Day 2 – Timeline

Flight Day 2

  • Discovery Thermal Protection System Survey with Orbiter Boom Sensor System (OBSS)
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit Checkout
  • Centerline Camera Installation
  • Orbiter Docking System Ring Extension
  • Orbital Maneuvering System Pod Survey
  • Rendevouz Tools Checkout

STS-120 Shuttle Mission Press Kit – PDF download

Mission Updates (

Astronauts Complete Shuttle Heat Shield Survey
24 October 2007 12:27 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON – The STS-120 astronauts aboard NASA’s shuttle Discovery have completed their initial inspection of their spacecraft’s heat shield as they prepare for tomorrow’s planned docking at the International Space Station (ISS).

The astronaut crew used a sensor-tipped boom to scan Discovery’s wing leading edges and nose cap, which has been a standard Flight Day 2 activity since NASA resumed shuttle flights in 2005. The 50-foot (15-meter) inspection boom, which serves as an extension to Discovery’s own 50-foot (15-meter) robotic arm, is being restowed in its payload bay perch.

Shuttle Crew to Inspect Discovery’s Port Wing
24 October 2007 8:40 a.m. EDT

HOUSTON – Their starboard wing survey complete, the STS-120 astronauts aboard Discovery are now turning their attention to the shuttle’s port side wing leading edge as they continue today’s standard inspection of the orbiter’s heat shield.

The astronauts are using a sensor-tipped boom mounted to the end of Discovery’s robotic arm to make the survey. A scan of the orbiter’s nose cap will follow the port wing survey. Discovery’s crew will also use the orbiter’s robotic arm, without the inspection boom, to scan other areas of their spacecraft.


~ by tellinghistory on October 24, 2007.

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