While we were in the simulator, all of my other coworkers were getting some fresh air an exercise with a bit organized kickball game! So once we got out, we headed over to the field to have a drink and watch the game.
We all went for hibachi dinner afterwards followed by an early night since the new data would be coming in early in the morning. It was a pretty wonderful surprise when I woke up to see emails stating that the new imagery indicated that the damage was not the full tile depth and therefore would not require an on orbit repair! When I got in to work the analysts were able to run the thermal models quickly and it turned out that not only would we not require repair, we would be able to clear the vehicle for reentry that day! It is a tradition on the Damage Assessment Team to get a special mission polo shirt that everyone wears on the day we clear the vehicle, so we sent one guy back to all of the hotel rooms to collect the shirts and then we went down to the Mission Management Team and gave the all clear for TPS!
I got back to Florida pretty late on Sunday night and took Monday off to catch up on my sleep :0)