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July 27, 2005

Shuttle Crew To Do Damage Assessment

Looking For Debris Hits, Missing Heat Tiles

Now that the space shuttle Discovery is safely in orbit, astronauts will spend much of their day determining whether it can safely return to Earth.

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Deep Thoughts: Eileen Collins

From Space, Shuttle Commander Reflects On Return To Flight

"On the evening of our first day in space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery," Discovery Commander Eileen Collins from orbit Tuesday night, "the STS-114 crew would like to send our thanks to the teams who've worked so hard over the past two and a half years to return the fleet to orbit. Our thanks go out to all the managers, the engineers, the technicians and everyone. Give yourselves a pat on the back. This is work well done."

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President Bush Issues Statement On Return To Flight

The following is a statement by President Bush

On behalf of all Americans, I wish the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery a safe and successful mission. Today's launch marks NASA's return to flight following the tragic loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia crew in February 2003...

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