[sarex] Crew Conducting Spacewalk,

Arthur Rowe azrowe80 at verizon.net
Mon Jul 23 06:39:02 PDT 2007


	*Crew Conducting Spacewalk*
Expedition 15 spacewalk
Image above: Flight Engineer Clay Anderson exits the airlock at the 
start of today's spacewalk. Image credit: NASA TV

Two International Space Station crew members have begun a spacewalk that 
includes removal and jettison of a refrigerator-size ammonia reservoir.

The scheduled 6½-hour spacewalk from the Quest Airlock began at 6:24 
a.m. EDT Monday.

Astronaut Clay Anderson is the lead spacewalker, EV1, wearing the 
spacesuit with red stripes. Fyodor Yurchikhin, the cosmonaut and station 
commander, wearing the all-white suit, is EV2. Cosmonaut Oleg Kotov is 
in the U.S. laboratory Destiny to operate the Canadarm2.

+ Watch spacewalk live on NASA TV <javascript:watchNASALiveTV()>
+ Read more about the spacewalk 
+ Expedition 15 Mission Status Briefing Materials, July 18, 2007 

After the spacewalk, a docked Progress 25 cargo craft will fire its 
thrusters raising the International Space Station’s orbit. This reboost, 
along with a reboost performed Friday, provides the proper phasing for 
an upcoming Progress 26 launch and docking. Today's Progress firing also 
clears the station after the Early Ammonia Servicer is jettisoned and 
provides flight day three rendezvous opportunities when space shuttle 
Endeavour arrives on mission STS-118.

The Progress 24 cargo craft will undock from the Pirs docking 
compartment on Aug. 1 and burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere. Progress 26 
is scheduled for launch on Aug. 2 and will reach the station on Aug. 5. 
Two days later on Aug. 7, space shuttle Endeavour is targeted for launch 
with a station rendezvous and docking planned for Aug. 9.

+ Read more about Expedition 15 
+ View crew daily timelines 

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