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Gap Fillers protruding on Shuttle to be repaired


August 02, 2005

The Space Shuttle Discovery mission managers decided Monday to remove two gap fillers that are protruding from areas between heat-shielding tile on the Shuttle's underbelly.

During Wednesday's spacewalk, which has been revised to include the unprecedented task of repairing an area of the Shuttle's heat shield, Mission Specialist Steve Robinson will venture under the Space Shuttle on the tip of the Station's robotic arm, locate the protrusions and gently tug until they come out. If that does not work, Robinson will have tools to cut off the protrusions.

The ceramic coated-fabric gap fillers are used to prevent hot gas from seeping into gaps between the Shuttle's protective tiles.

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Gap Filler Repair Techniques
Engineers practice techniques to eliminate or trim protruding gap fillers that Astronauts Soichi Noguchi and Steve Robinson will use during their spacewalk.
Photos courtesy NASA


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