Meanwihile, Shuttle astronauts James Reilly and Danny Olivas made a spacewalk on Friday afternoon to repair a small tear in the shuttle's thermal insulation using a surgical staple gun. Part of the blanket peeled back during the launch.
During the computer outage, Atlantis' thrusters have been used to help with the station's attitude control. And the shuttle crew has been conserving electricity and fuel in case they needed to extend their stay to help the three station crew members. Atlantis only has enough fuel to remain docked to the space station until Wednesday.
"Things are not always going to go well. Fortunately, we have a great operations team down in Mission Control and at the Johnson Space Center and over in Moscow … that are working together to decide what the best course of action is," said Atlantis Cmdr. Frederick Sturckow.