Computer problems fixed for ISS plus heat shield repaired on Atlantis
QUOTE: HOUSTON - Two Russian cosmonauts began to get crucial computers up and running Friday, four days after the machines crashed at the international space station and curbed the outpost’s ability to orient itself and produce oxygen. The progress came after days of frustrating effort and, for the time being, removed a set of troubling options lying ahead for NASA and the Russian space agency if the computers continued to fail. “They’re up and operational, and this is good news for all,” said Lynette Madison, a NASA spokeswoman in Houston.
Meanwhile, U.S. spacewalkers resolved another concern by stapling down a bent-back corner of the shuttle Atlantis' thermal protection blanket — a gap that NASA feared would cause problems during the shuttle's atmospheric re-entry next week.