[sarex] Managers Add Three Days to Shuttle Mission
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Sun Aug 12 18:15:55 PDT 2007
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*Managers Add Three Days to Shuttle Mission*
Mission managers decided Sunday to extend the STS-118 mission by three
days. The decision came after the successful operation of the new
Station-to-Shuttle Power Transfer System (SSPTS).
Endeavour is now scheduled to undock from the International Space
Station on Aug. 20 and land Aug. 22. In addition to the extra time at
the orbital outpost, managers added a fourth spacewalk that is scheduled
to take place Aug. 17.
The SSPTS reroutes power from the space station to the shuttle during
docked operations, allowing the orbiter to conserve materials needed to
generate power and spend more time in space.
*Crew Concludes Heat Shield Inspection, Prepares for Next Spacewalk*
The STS-118 crew completed Sunday’s focused inspection of Space Shuttle
Endeavour’s heat shield and has turned its attention to Monday’s
spacewalk. Using the shuttle robotic arm and 50-foot-long Orbiter Boom
Sensor System (OBSS), the crew collected imagery of five areas on
Endeavour’s underside that may have been damaged during the climb to
orbit on Aug. 8.
STS-118 Mission Specialists Tracy Caldwell and Barbara Morgan and
Commander Scott Kelly operated the shuttle’s robotic arm. STS-118 Pilot
Charles Hobaugh and Expedition 15 Flight Engineer Clay Anderson were at
the controls of the International Space Station’s robotic arm.
The data collected during the inspection will be analyzed by experts and
engineers at the Mission Control Center in Houston.
Mission Specialists Dave Williams and Rick Mastracchio are preparing for
their second spacewalk. The preparations include spacesuit and tool
checkouts. The crew members will review the excursion’s timeline Sunday
before the spacewalkers begin the overnight campout in the station’s
The spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 11:31 a.m. EDT Monday. The
primary task is the replacement of a faulty control moment gyro in the
station’s Z1 truss. The station has four gyros that are used to control
the station’s attitude.
+ View Barbara Morgan Video
+ STS-118 Mission Overview
+ STS-118 Fact Sheet (900 Kb PDF)
+ STS-118 NASA TV Schedule
+ STS-118 Briefing Animations
+ STS-117 Mission Archive
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