[sarex] Crew to Perform Focused Inspection Today

Arthur Rowe azrowe80 at verizon.net
Sun Aug 12 07:39:54 PDT 2007


*Crew to Perform Focused Inspection Today*

Clay Anderson and Charlie HobaughImage above: Pilot Charlie Hobaugh 
(foreground) and Flight Engineer Clay Anderson prepare to operate the 
International Space Station's robotic arm. Image: NASA TV


Space Shuttle Endeavour crew members will take a close look at areas of 
apparent damage to the orbiter’s thermal protection system in a focused 
inspection today.

The International Space Station’s Canadarm2 will unberth the Orbiter 
Boom Sensor System (OBSS) and hand it off to the shuttle’s robotic arm a 
little after 9:45 a.m. EDT. The OBSS is an extension of the shuttle’s 
arm and has sophisticated electronic and visual sensors at its end.

Commander Scott Kelly and Mission Specialists Tracy Caldwell and Barbara 
Morgan will do most of the focused inspection, with Pilot Charlie 
Hobaugh and station Flight Engineer Clay Anderson at the controls of the 
station arm. Other crew members will work to transfer equipment and 
supplies between the two spacecraft.

On Saturday, Mission Specialists Rick Mastracchio and Dave Williams 
wrapped up STS-118’s first spacewalk at 6:45 p.m. During the 6-hour, 
17-minute excursion, they successfully installed the Starboard 5 (S5) 
truss segment onto the International Space Station and continued 
preparations to relocate the Port 6 (P6) truss.

Animations: + S5 Truss Overview 
| + S5 Truss Installation 

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