[sarex] Spacewalkers Getting Ready for Spacewalk
azrowe80 at verizon.net
Wed Aug 15 07:39:49 PDT 2007
SUBMITED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
* Spacewalkers Getting Ready for Spacewalk*
Image above: Commander Scott Kelly (center) assists Mission Specialist
Rick Mastracchio (right) and Flight Engineer Clay Anderson with donning
their spacesuits. Image: NASA TV
TO VIEW IMAGE GO
Final preparations are under way for STS-118’s third spacewalk.
Spacewalkers Rick Mastracchio and Clay Anderson will set the stage for
future International Space Station assembly during the excursion, which
is scheduled to begin at 11:01 a.m. EDT.
The spacewalking duo will prepare the Port 6 (P6) truss and its solar
arrays for relocation from atop of the station to the end of the Port 5
truss when STS-120 visits later this year. Their tasks include the
relocation of an antenna from the P6 to the Port 1 (P1) truss, retrieval
a transponder for return to Earth and the relocation of two rail carts
on the station’s Integrated Truss Structure. They will install a new
transponder on the P1, which along with the relocated antenna will
upgrade the station’s communications capability.
Mastracchio and Anderson will also retrieve two material experiments
from the station’s exterior. The experiments will be analyzed by
scientists on Earth.
Today’s spacewalk will be Mastracchio’s third of the mission. Anderson,
who arrived at the station in June, conducted his first spacewalk on
July 23 with Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin.
Mission Specialist Tracy Caldwell will resume her role as STS-118’s
spacewalk coordinator and Pilot Charles Hobaugh will be at the controls
of the station’s robotic arm.
The spacewalk is slated to last 6.5 hours.
More information about the SAREX