In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center
in Florida, technicians are expected to wrap up all modification
work on space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank stringers this
week. Teams worked through the weekend, finishing all the radius
block attachments to the stringers. The initial insulation foam
reapplication was completed this morning.
Work for the rest of the week will involve additional foam
spraying and trimming operations. This will support Discovery's
scheduled rollout back to Launch Pad 39A on Jan. 31 at 2000
At NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, the STS-133
astronauts, including the newly added Steve Bowen, will run through
an ascent proficiency session in the motion base simulator today
and will review procedures for the mission's first spacewalk and
robotics work in the virtual reality lab.