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Day 5

"After setting up tools, the spacewalkers conducted tests of Shuttle heat shield repair techniques inside Space Shuttle Discovery’s payload bay. Then, they completed several assembly and repair tasks on the International Space Station. They replaced an antenna and swapped out connectors to supply power to Control Moment Gyroscope (CMG) No. 2. They also prepared the Station for their upcoming spacewalks slated for Monday and Wednesday."
From CNN:
Day 5
• Specialists Soichi Noguchi and Stephen Robinson perform the first of three mission spacewalks, testing two methods for repairing the thermal protection system and also replacing a GPS antenna.
• Crew scans damage to carbon-carbon samples.
• Preparations made for gyroscope replacement.


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Day 4

According to
"Crewmembers aboard Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station have completed another successful workday. The STS-114 crew conducted more inspections of Discovery’s heat shield today. The crew used the Orbiter Boom Sensor System attached to the Shuttle’s robot arm to take a closer look at areas of interest.

Based on analysis so far, it appears Discovery has not sustained any damage that would prevent a safe return to Earth on Aug. 7. Early indications are that Discovery has less damage than Shuttles on previous flights.

In other activities, the Shuttle and Station crewmembers entered and began unloading cargo from the Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, which was attached to the Unity Module earlier in the day.

The crews also prepared for Saturday’s spacewalk by Mission Specialists Soichi Noguchi and Steve Robinson. Before the crew sleep period, the hatches between the two spacecraft were closed in order to lower pressure in the Shuttle. The lower pressure allows Noguchi and Robinson to become gradually acclimated to the lower pressures of their spacesuits.

Saturday’s spacewalk is the first of three scheduled for STS-114. It is slated to begin at 4:44 a.m. EDT and wrap up about 11:14 a.m. EDT."

Day 4
• Raffaello (a large, high-tech shipping container) is removed from Discovery and installed at the station.
• Crew surveys Discovery’s heat protection tiles.
• Tools configured for the initial spacewalk.
• Astronauts conduct in-flight interviews with media.
• Hatches between Discovery and the space station are sealed in preparation for spacewalk.


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Day 3

According to
"Commander Eileen Collins, Pilot Jim Kelly and Mission Specialists Soichi Noguchi, Steve Robinson, Andy Thomas, Wendy Lawrence and Charlie Camarda downlinked imagery taken of the External Tank after launch. The crew also photographed the Orbital Maneuvering System pod tile areas and sent down those files. Most of the heat shield survey, taking a close look at the reinforced carbon-carbon of Discovery’s wings and nose was sent down live. The rest was sent down before the crew went to bed about 2:40 p.m. CDT.
Preparations for docking included a checkout of rendezvous tools, and the extension of the Orbiter Docking System ring that will make first contact with the Station. The approach will include the first Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver, a slow back flip by Discovery about 600 feet below the Station immediately before the 6:18 a.m. CDT docking.   
The maneuver will allow Station Commander Sergei Krikalev and NASA Science Officer John Phillips to photograph Discovery’s thermal protection system with 400mm and 800mm lenses. The images, taken through windows in the Station’s Zvezda Service Module, are expected to be downlinked before hatches between Discovery and the Station are opened."
According to’s coverage:
Day 3
• Nearing the space station, Discovery performs a slow pirouette enabling the station’s crew to photograph the shuttle’s underbelly.
• The shuttle and station crews meet after the Discovery docks with the space station.
• Cargo is transferred from the shuttle to the station.

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Discovery to Dock With ISS

The space shuttle Discovery will dock with the International Space Station (ISS) tomorrow morning at 6:18am CDT. The astronauts are currently having a much-deserved sleep until 10:39pm CDT. The docking may or may not be televised live. Tune into NASA TV for more details.

Day 2

According to the official NASA Discovery Return To Flight website:
"The crew of Space Shuttle Discovery was awakened this morning at 12:39 a.m EDT to start its first full day in space. As the orbiter spends the day chasing the International Space Station, the crew will use Discovery’s robot arm to inspect the vehicle’s exterior.
Mission managers will review the information gathered yesterday and today to help determine the health of Discovery’s thermal protection system over the next four days before it is cleared for landing later in the flight.
Discovery is slated to dock with the ISS at 7:18 a.m. EDT Thursday.
Before signing off at the end of Flight Day 1, Commander Eileen Collins radioed a thoughtful message."
According to CNN’s coverage:
"Day 2
• An orbiter boom conducts a thorough survey of the vessel’s wing and nose.
• Crew prepares tools for the shuttle’s rendezvous with the international space station.
• Spacesuits and tools checked ahead of planned spacewalks."

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