Nasa moved the Atlantis shuttle off its Florida launch pad on Tuesday to protect it from Tropical Storm Ernesto, a change that threatens plans to lift off this month. The storm began intensifying on Tuesday as it left Haiti, where it killed two people, and Cuba to head over open water toward south Florida.
Discovery's six astronauts will learn on Sunday whether they have the final all-clear to fly home as analysts examined the space shuttle's heat shield for potential micro-meteorite impacts. Nasa declared Discovery's left wing free of damage on Saturday, hours after the shuttle undocked from the International Space Station.
Two spacewalking astronauts on Monday replaced broken hardware deemed crucial for the completion of the International Space Station, a new success for Nasa in the six-day-old Discovery shuttle mission. Astronauts Mike Fossum and Piers Sellers replaced a broken cable reel of the orbiting laboratory's construction equipment transporter.
Two astronauts floated out of the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday to repair equipment crucial for the completion of the orbiting laboratory. Astronauts Mike Fossum and Piers Sellers, who arrived at the ISS last week aboard the Discovery shuttle with five other colleagues, started the second of three planned spacewalks.