Two days following the thunderstorms, NASA engineers will start thorough inspections of space shuttle Endeavour Saturday, hail and a lightning strike close to the launch pad reasoned slight injure to the spacecraft.
NASA said on Friday the groups started a first launch pad survey. However, investigators weren’t competent to perform a thorough inspection since the agency was doing protection training with the six astronauts who are planned to fly in the shuttle’s final mission of the shuttle prior this month.
No apparent troubles have been discovered, the NASA said, but groups will install platforms Saturday morning that will permit them to inspect Endeavour and its outside fuel tank more intimately.
NASA spokesperson Allard Beutel said the storm, on Wednesday and Thursday, included a wind gust of 90 miles per hour at launch pad 39A, plus a lightning strike “inside the pad perimeter.”
He informed CNN prior this week, “We didn’t take a direct strike on the pad. Anytime you get that much electricity inside the perimeter you have to check things.”
Beutel said NASA officials up to now recognize of minor harm to insulation foam at the top of the shuttle’s external fuel tank of the shuttle.
Endeavour is planned to open on its last mission to the International Space Station on April 19 at 7:48 p.m. ET.