Today, astronauts are enjoying a light-duty day focused on post-spacewalk and maintenance routine as they await updates on the status of Discovery. The Expedition 18 commander, Mike Fincke, who arrived to the station aboard the Soyuz module in October 2008, will be celebrating his 42nd birthday tomorrow. You can send him an e-card through NASA’s website
Yesterday was a rather eventful day at NASA and the International Space Station (ISS). Precautionary measures were taken due to space debris that had been determined within the range where a collision was possible, even though the probability of impact was low. At today’s shuttle briefing NASA officials stressed out that no “evacuation” took place as many (I among them) mistakenly reported yesterday. After locking hatches on the station and soft-locking the hatch on Soyuz, the crew spent about 10 minutes in the capsule and returned to the station once the danger passed.