There is some good news at last from space. Successful repair work has been carried out on both shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station. Astronauts James Reilly and John “Danny” Olivas mended loose insulation near the engine pod which had torn free as Atlantis climbed into orbit last week.
Meanwhile, from Earth, Russian engineers finally re-started two computers that control vital life-support systems on the Space Station. The mission also passed a milestone, when astronaut Sunita Williams broke the record for the most time spent in space by a woman. She has now spent more than 188 days in orbit, breaking the record of fellow-American Shannon Lucid.