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Oct 29, 2007

Damaged solar apparatus could cause power troubles for space station. Metal shavings were found inside a huge gear that spins a pair of the International Space Station's solar wing panels. The contamination could damage the gear and hamper power production for the orbiting outpost, but NASA officials were optimistic that the problem would be solved. "We have lots of time to work through this problem," said a NASA spokesman. "It's not an immediate issue." Oct 27, 2007

Shuttle crew taking on construction tasks. Over the next five days, Discovery crew members will lift a power pylon from the top of the International Space Station to the station's outermost tip. The pylon is a tower twice as tall as a football goal post, and moving it represents one of the most complicated maneuvers NASA has attempted. Oct 26, 2007

NASA engineers find no significant signs of damage to Discovery. Discovery docked at the international space station on Thursday, and NASA engineers found no signs that the belly of the shuttle was significantly damaged during liftoff. The crew will take a record five spacewalks and perform challenging construction work during the mission. Oct 25, 2007

Discovery crew carrying Harmony to international space station. The shuttle Discovery launched into orbit Tuesday Oct 23 with a crew of seven astronauts and a cargo that included a crucial new element for the international space station. Installation of the Italian-built module, Harmony, will pave the way for the additions of European and Japanese laboratory space to be added later. Oct 23, 2007

Weather, ice threaten to delay shuttle launch. Oct 23rd's planned launch of Discovery may be delayed due to poor weather conditions, or if NASA engineers determine that a chunk of ice forming on the shuttle's plumbing is a hazard. Discovery and its crew of seven are scheduled for a two-week mission that involves assembly work for the International Space Station. Oct 23, 2007

Glitch causes Soyuz to land off-target. Russian's Soyuz spacecraft, returning from the International Space Station carrying three crew members, descended through the atmosphere at a steeper angle than usual, landing 200 miles off-target. The technical glitch subjected the crew to eight times the force of gravity, but all three came through the experience safely, according to Russian officials. Oct 22, 2007

Safety concerns aside, Discovery to launch as planned. NASA engineers are evenly split over whether Discovery should fly its next mission without having repairs made to three of its 44 heat panels. "There was a great deal of evidence presented, and the preponderance of evidence in my mind says that we have an acceptable risk to go fly," shuttle program manager Wayne Hale said Tuesday. "And let me make sure you understand that. I didn't say it's safe to go fly and I wouldn't say that. We have an acceptable risk to go fly." Oct 22, 2007

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