August 02, 2005
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.
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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