[sarex] STS-117 Spacewalkers Work to Activate Truss
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*STS-117 Spacewalkers Work to Activate Truss*
Spacewalk preparationsImage above: Mission Specialist Steve Swanson
Mission Specialists John "Danny" Olivas (left) and Jim Reilly
with spacewalk preparations. Image credit: NASA TV
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STS-117 Mission Specialists Jim Reilly and John “Danny” Olivas kicked
off the mission’s first spacewalk at 2002 UTC.
The duo is performing tasks necessary to activate the Starboard 3 and 4
(S3/S4) segment, which was attached to the station earlier today.
The spacewalkers' work includes making power, data and cooling
connections between the station and the S3/S4, which contains a new set
of solar arrays. The spacewalkers are also scheduled to release locks
and launch restraints on the segment’s solar arrays and prepare its
radiator and rotary joint for operation.
STS-117 Pilot Lee Archambault and Expedition 15 Flight Engineer Oleg
Kotov are at the controls of the station’s robotic arm for the
excursion. STS-117 Mission Specialist Patrick Forrester is coordinating
The orbital stroll is scheduled to last 6.5 hours.
The truss was attached to the station at 1828 UTC using the station’s
robotic arm. The S3/S4’s solar arrays will increase the station’s power
The start of the spacewalk and the attachment of the truss were delayed
due to the saturation of the control moment gyros that control the
attitude of the station. Flight controllers performed standard
procedures to bring the CMGs back to normal operations.
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