[sarex] ISS Crew Moves Station Robotic Arm
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Thu Jul 26 18:00:55 PDT 2007
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*Crew Moves Station Robotic Arm*
Space station robotic arm
Image above: Canadarm2, the space station's robotic arm, is maneuvered
into place by Flight Engineer Clay Anderson. Image credit: NASA TV
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The Expedition 15 crew aboard the International Space Station continued
preparations Thursday for the arrival of a Progress cargo vehicle and
space shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-118 in August.
Flight Engineer Clay Anderson conducted a "walk off" of the station's
robotic arm, moving it into position in advance of Endeavour's arrival.
During STS-118, the crew will use the robotic arm to install the newly
delivered S5 truss to the S4 solar array truss.
Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov conducted a
test of the TORU manual docking system. TORU serves as a backup for the
Kurs automated docking system, which is the primary docking system for
Progress cargo crafts.
The Progress 24 cargo craft will undock from the Pirs docking
compartment on Aug. 1, burning up in the Earth’s atmosphere as it
deorbits. 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
On Monday, Anderson and Yurchikhin conducted a 7-hour, 41 minute
spacewalk. Anderson jettisoned a 1,400 pound, refrigerator-size ammonia
reservoir known as the Early Ammonia Servicer by pushing it opposite of
the station's direction of travel. Anderson and Yurchikhin also
installed a television camera support or stanchion, reconfigured a power
supply for an antenna assembly, and performed several get-ahead tasks.
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