Archive - Dec 20, 2006

Crew Inspects Heat Shield, Prepares for Landing

Space Shuttle

STS-116 Commander Mark Polansky, Pilot Bill Oefelein and Mission Specialist Nicholas Patrick used the shuttle's robotic arm and boom extension sensor system to check the heat shield for any space junk or micrometeoroid hits that may have occurred while the orbiter was docked to the International Space Station.

Mission Specialists Bob Curbeam, Christer Fuglesang, Joan Higginbotham and Thomas Reiter are stowing items in preparation for the return to Earth. Discovery is slated to touch down at 3:56 p.m. EST Friday.


PY4MAB – Wed, 2006 – 12 – 20 17:55