[sarex] Astronauts Go Spacewalking,
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Wed Jun 13 13:21:56 PDT 2007
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
*Astronauts Go Spacewalking, P6 Arrays Continue to Fold*
Image above: Spacewalker Pat Forrester rides on the end of the station's
robotic arm to assist with the retraction of a solar array. Image
credit: NASA TV
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Astronauts Pat Forrester and Steve Swanson kicked off STS-117’s second
spacewalk at 1828 UTC today. The objectives of the excursion are to
continue preparing the newly installed Starboard 3 and 4 (S3/S4) truss
segment for operation and to assist with the retraction of the starboard
solar array on the Port 6 (P6) truss.
+ Watch the spacewalk live on NASA TV
They will spend most of the first hour of the 6½ hour spacewalk
monitoring the retraction of the P6 array and will assist if required.
Retraction of the array began at 6:47 a.m., and by 2:30 p.m., 7½ of the
31½ bays had been retracted. Once the P6 arrays are furled, the stage is
set for a future shuttle crew to relocate the P6 from atop the space
station to the end of the Port 5 truss.
After the orbital duo leaves the P6, their attention will turn to the
S3/S4 truss. Forrester and Swanson will prepare the Solar Alpha Rotary
Joint (SARJ) for operation by removing the remaining launch restraints.
The SARJ will allow the arrays to track the sun.
Mission Specialist Jim Reilly is coordinating the spacewalk, and Pilot
Lee Archambault is at the controls of the station’s robotic arm. Two
more spacewalks are scheduled for STS-117. Today’s excursion is slated
to wrap up about 0058 UTC.
In other activities, Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and
Flight Engineers Oleg Kotov and Clayton Anderson continue to transfer
cargo between the station and Space Shuttle Atlantis.
+ The Crew
+ The Mission
+ The Integrated Truss Structure
+ STS-117 TV Schedule
+ Certificate of Flight Readiness (3.7 Mb PDF)
+ STS-117 Press Kit (5.9 Mb PDF)
+ RTF Final Implementation Plan -- May 2007 (19.8 Mb PDF)
+ STS-117 Fact Sheet (1.8 Mb PDF)
*Visit the STS-117 Educator Resource Page*
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