The astronauts aboard space shuttle Atlantis will have to use a sewing kit, that is usually used to repair spacesuits, to repair the space shuttle's thermal blanket. To accomodate the repair, the 11-day mission will be extended by two days for the repair. The 4 by 6 inch piece of the blanket will be sewn together during the third spacewalk on Friday, or possibly on Sunay during the fourth spacewalk. The stainless steel wire will help secure the pad, and make the space shuttle safer.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2007