Photos: Shuttle crew hangs out in space

Photos: Shuttle crew hangs out in space

Summary: Astronauts test out a new arm and check NASA's space shuttle Discovery for possible damage during launch.

TOPICS: Nasa / Space

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  • Hanging in space

    NASA's first space shuttle mission in almost a year is floating smoothly despite some unwanted pieces of debris seen through improved launch imagery. Three space excursions are on tap for the seven-member Discovery crew.

    On the first space walk, Astronauts Piers J. Sellers and Michael E. Fossum hang from a 100-foot arm and extension work platform called the Remote Manipulator System/Orbiter Booster Sensor System. Their spacewalk lasted 7 hours and 31 minutes.

  • Debris

    More than 100 high-definition, digital, film and video cameras scrutinized the Discovery launch and found that very small pieces of material in the shuttle assembly fall off. Here's a piece of debris caught falling off at liftoff (red arrow).

  • Underside

    An inspection of Discovery was planned even before the small pieces of debris were detected falling from the shuttle during launch. After examining the photos, NASA scientists downplayed any danger to the shuttle.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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