A big congratulations to our Japanese partners now, for both a successful 1J/A and 1J mission!
I worked a lot on 1JA but not much on 1J ... and this was a good thing, since I was a "Team 4" (reserve) member for the 1J mission.
Everything was successfully installed over both of these flights, including (among other things)...
- the new Robotic equipment
- A successful tile repair test onorbit
- Installation, activation, and ingress of Kibo (the Japanese Lab), and the Japanese Robotic Arm
- Fixed the Toilet
I didn't work much on the mission, but I went on console after the Shuttle undock. One interesting thing that happened was the Japanese Earthquake. The epicenter wasn't really close to Japan's Mission Control, but they called us & told us about it during the earthquake. They felt its affects, but nothing was damaged at Mission Control.
As for the follow-on flights - first, NASA will have to fix the launch pad. Discovery's latest launch revealed quite a bit of damage post-flight (I've seen the pictures - bricks were blown throughout the "outfield" of the pad, into the fence (knocking it over somewhat), and into the lagoon beyond it! There was about 10-15 feet of bricks missing from the flame trench as a result.
And as another side note: My own toilet needed repairs over the weekend. You can see my handiwork below. Am I now qualified to go to ISS!?! ;*)