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The space shuttle Discovery has uncoupled from the International Space Station and is heading back to Earth, after an eventful 11 day stay in orbit. The shuttle's journey home will take two days, and it is scheduled to land back at Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on Wednesday afternoon. The crew of Discovery spent time this …


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  1. Steve ten Have


    Components. American components, Russian Components, ALL MADE IN TAIWAN!

  2. Ian Ferguson

    Cufflinks... there anything they can't do?

  3. Matthew
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    I can't remember to pack them when I go away for a dinner and yet NASA packs several spare pairs for formal dinners on the ISS!

  4. Adrian Jones


    I sense a NASA merchandising opportunity.

    Just in time for Conspicuous-consumption-mas too.

  5. Anonymous John

    Er, no.

    "the unextended wing would have undermined the strength of the ISS' structure."

    The damage only undermined the strength of the solar panel, not the whole ISS.

    Reuters (your source?) made the same mistake.

  6. Nexox Enigma

    Re: Er, no.

    It is actually quite possible that damage to one component could affect any of the other components of the station. In space you have to worry a lot about resonance and momentum causing torques on manuevers, and a component that doesn't behave as designed could potentially cause damaging vibrations through out the structure.

    I don't know if that is the case, but I know that I wouldn't exactly want to orbit in a space station with anything unpredictable going on.

  7. Anonymous Coward

    Re: Re: Er, no.

    The folks stationed at Mir did :)

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