[sarex] Crews Wrapping up Spacewalk Preps
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Fri Nov 2 12:40:59 PDT 2007
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*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
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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
+ STS-120 Mission Overview
+ Harmony Node 2
+ Space Shuttle Discovery
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