A damaged thermal tile on the shuttle Endeavor’s heat shield has raised some eyebrows with the mission’s management team. The tile will be inspected using the shuttle’s robotic arm, outfitted with a high-res camera and a laser, for safety’s sake.
Since no one wanted to buy the space shuttles when NASA first offered them up for sale, the agency has decided to slash the price to a more modest $US28.8 million each. And the engines? Free (pay only S+H).