Day 4

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"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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