Saturday, July 9, 2011

Astronauts to Conduct Heat Shield Inspection


Space shuttle Atlantis’ crew woke at 3:59 a.m. EDT to the song “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay, played for pilot Doug Hurley, with a special message from Marshall Space Flight Center employees.

Today, Atlantis’ four astronauts will use the Orbiter Boom Sensor System to conduct a standard inspection of the shuttle heat shield and continue preparations for docking to the International Space Station on Sunday.