[sarex] Space-walkers Wrap Up Third Spacewalk
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Fri Sep 15 10:02:09 PDT 2006
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*Spacewalkers Wrap Up Third Spacewalk*
Astronauts Joe Tanner and Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper completed
STS-115’s triple play by successfully conducting the mission’s third
spacewalk at the International Space Station. During the 6-hour,
42-minute excursion, Tanner and Piper continued efforts to prepare the
station’s newly installed P3/P4 truss segment for operation and also
completed other tasks devoted to the assembly and maintenance of the
station. The spacewalk came to a close at 12:42 p.m. EDT.
Shortly after beginning the spacewalk at 6 a.m. EDT, Tanner and Piper
retrieved a materials exposure experiment from the station’s exterior
and performed maintenance on the P6 truss. The space-walkers then moved
to the P3/P4 truss, where they prepared a radiator for deployment.
Flight controllers unfurled the radiator, a device that will remove heat
from the station, at 9:11.
Tanner and Piper also installed a wireless TV antenna on the station and
replaced a faulty antenna assembly on the S1 truss. Near the end of the
spacewalk, Tanner and Piper conducted a test to evaluate infrared video
of Space Shuttle Atlantis’ wing leading edge. They also performed
get-ahead tasks that were slated to take place on future spacewalks.
Mission Specialist Dan Burbank coordinated spacewalk activities, and
Mission Specialist Steve MacLean oversaw station robotic arm operations.
During this mission, MacLean became the first Canadian astronaut to
operate the arm built by his home country.
Later today, the station’s mobile transporter will be moved to a
worksite on the P3 as part of checkout. The transporter is used move the
station’s Integrated Truss Structure.
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