Thursday, May 19, 2011
Waking Up Wonky
In Houston I got lunch, food to bring to the imagery lab, and then fell asleep once again around 5:30 in the afternoon since I had to be at work at 3 am for the imagery inspection. Wound up waking up at 12:30 am, which is a pretty good amount of sleep and I was okay being at work for a while. After a 15 hour work day I was once again exhausted, though. I met up with my friend B for dinner and then basically passed out. Now I'm back at work at 8 am, which is at least somewhat normal. But my body is already out of whack and the weird, sometimes lacking, sleep schedule is definitely taking it's toll on me.
As for what we found during the imagery, we have a deep tile damage on the lower right wing that requires us to do a focused inspection. This means I'm out here working more wonky hours until we can clear this damage for reentry. Focused inspection will use a tool on the end of the shuttle's extendable arm to take a 3-D digital impression of the damage so we have a more accurate geometry to use in our analysis. It is a somewhat similar damage to what we saw on STS-118, so I'm hopeful we won't have to perform an on orbit repair. You can get an idea of the damages we're working at this link.
(launch photo courtesty of a coworker, alarm and airplane photo from here)