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First Full Day in Space

Published söndag 30 augusti 2009 kl 10.26
Discovery lights up the night sky over Florida

Updated 4:45 PM

Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang and his crewmates on the space shuttle Discovery have completed their first full day in space on their mission to the International Space Station.

After Friday night's launch Fuglesang, who is on his second flight on Discovery, wrote a message for the Swedish National Space Board's website:

"We're underway! It feels less shaky than last time. I haven’t had much time to look outside yet, we’ve worked hard, but Discovery is now properly configured for space. Weightlessness is just as fun as last time. I’ve had a small and very late dinner, and now I’ll sleep.”

On their first full day in space, the Discovery astronauts conducted an inspection of the space shuttle’s thermal protection system, checked out their spacesuits and prepared for Sunday’s docking with the International Space Station.

During this new 13 day mission, Fuglesang will be involved in two spacewalks on the International Space Station to remove and replace a materials processing experiment outside the European Space Agency’s Columbus module and return an empty ammonia tank assembly.

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