[sarex] Spacewalk Preparations, Cargo Transfers on Tap Today
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Fri Aug 17 03:58:06 PDT 2007
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*Spacewalk Preparations, Cargo Transfers on Tap Today*
Image above: Mission Specialist Dave Williams floats near torso portions
of two extravehicular mobility unit spacesuits in the Quest Airlock of
the International Space Station. Image: NASA
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Today, the STS-118 and Expedition 15 crews will continue cargo transfers
and prepare for Saturday’s spacewalk. The 10 astronauts and cosmonauts
will also hold the traditional joint crew news conference.
The Mission Management Team decided Thursday that Saturday’s spacewalk
will not include repair of Space Shuttle Endeavour’s heat shield. After
hours of reviewing data and imagery collected during the inspections by
the STS-118 crew , the managers decided the damage did not pose a safety
risk to the crew or Endeavour.
The spacewalk preparations include preparing equipment and reviewing
procedures. Mission Specialist Dave Williams and space station Flight
Engineer Clay Anderson will conduct the excursion, which is slated to
kick off at 10:01 a.m. EDT(1404 UTC) Saturday.
The cargo transfers have been ongoing since shortly after Endeavour
arrived Aug. 10. STS-118 delivered supplies and equipment to the orbital
outpost and will return unneeded station items and science experiments
The joint news conference will take place at 1:34 p.m.(1734 UTC) The
crew members will field questions from reporters on the ground.
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