[sarex] STS-116 MCC Status Report #07
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Wed Dec 13 02:22:53 PST 2006
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STATUS REPORT: STS-116-07
STS-116 MCC Status Report #07
The International Space Station is now two tons heavier, with the
installation today of its newest truss segment during the flight’s first
Mission Specialists Bob Curbeam and Christer Fuglesang ventured outside
the station to attach the P5 segment of the station’s truss and replace
a failed camera needed to support future assembly tasks. They also were
able to fit in some extra tasks that will save future spacewalkers time,
including plugging the new segment into the existing truss, removing the
locks that held it steady during launch and opening a latch that will
allow the P6 segment to be attached when it is moved from its current,
temporary location to its permanent place at the end of the port truss.
The spacewalk began at 2:31 p.m. CST, and Curbeam and Fuglesang were
back inside by 9:07 p.m. The truss was officially attached at 4:45 p.m.,
and installation was complete by 5:21 p.m. Total duration of the
spacewalk was 6 hours, 36 minutes.
Upon their return to the Quest airlock at the end of the spacewalk,
Curbeam took a moment to congratulate Nobel Prize winners, including Dr.
John C. Mather, a Goddard Space Flight Center scientist honored for his
work on the big-bang theory.
With the new port truss section in place, the crew is ready to move on
to the second phase of the mission – rewiring the station. That work
will begin Wednesday when the port solar array on truss segment P6 is
folded up, allowing the P4 solar arrays delivered by the STS-115 crew to
rotate and track the sun. Once that’s done, Curbeam and Fuglesang will
head outside again Thursday to begin reconfiguring the external wiring
so that power from the new solar arrays delivered in September can be used.
Meanwhile, after taking a close look at imagery gathered on the first
three days of the flight, mission managers determined that the shuttle’s
heat shield can support a safe return to Earth. They also decided a more
detailed inspection that had been scheduled for tomorrow will not be
Space Shuttle Discovery’s seven astronauts woke at 9:47 a.m. this
morning to the song “Waterloo” by Swedish group Abba in honor of
Fuglesang, who is from Sweden. “Nice music this morning,” Fuglesang said
from the Quest airlock, where he spent the night preparing for the
spacewalk with Curbeam.
The crew is scheduled to go to sleep at 1:17 a.m. Wednesday, after
moving the space station arm into a position that will provide a good
view of the P6 solar array retraction. The shuttle crew will start
flight day four at 9:17 a.m. on Wednesday. The station crew will get an
extra 40 minutes of sleep, awakening at 9:47 a.m.
The next STS-116 status report will be issued Wednesday morning or
earlier if events warr
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