[sarex] Crews Wrapping up Spacewalk Preps

Arthur Rowe azrowe80 at verizon.net
Fri Nov 2 12:40:59 PDT 2007


*Crews Wrapping up Spacewalk Preps*
2 November 2007

Image Above: STS-120 Pilot George Zamka holds a "cufflink" apparatus in 
the Harmony node of the International Space Station, which will be 
attached to the damaged solar arrays and take the structural load off of 
the broken hinge during Saturday's spacewalk. Image credit: NASA

The STS-120 and Expedition 16 crews have completed the configuration of 
the suits and tools that will be used during Saturday’s spacewalk. In 
addition, they have completed the robotic arm tasks that were part of 
the spacewalk preparations. The space station robotic arm grappled and 
handed off the shuttle’s arm extension, the Orbiter Boom Sensor System, 
or OBSS, to the shuttle robotic arm for overnight parking. The OBSS will 
provide support for Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski on the 
spacewalk, the fourth of the mission.

Parazynski and Mission Specialist Doug Wheelock will conduct the 
excursion, which is slated to kick off at 6:28 a.m. EDT Saturday. 
Parazynski will repair a torn solar array while suspended from the boom 
attached to the space station’s robotic arm, and Wheelock will assist 
from the station’s truss. Mission Specialist Stephanie Wilson and 
Expedition 16 Flight Engineer Dan Tani will be operating the station’s 
robotic arm from the robotic work station inside the Destiny laboratory. 
Mission Specialist Paolo Nespoli will be the spacewalk coordinator.

+ View images from Nov. 1 Mission Status Briefing 

*Mission Information*
+ STS-120 Mission Overview 
+ Harmony Node 2 
+ Space Shuttle Discovery 

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