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Repairs finishedMission Specialist Steve Robinson dangles in space on Aug. 3, 2005, as he successfully removes protruding thermal protection gap fillers from the heat shield of the space shuttle Discovery.
Fixing the shuttle
Robinson was able to remove the gap fillers by gently pulling them out. If left exposed, the pieces of ceramic-coated fabric could create intense heat during re-entry and put Discovery in jeopardy.