[amsat-bb] NASA to Broadcast Spacewalk

Clint Bradford clintbradford at mac.com
Fri Feb 10 10:44:53 PST 2012


HOUSTON -- Two cosmonauts will conduct a five-and-a-half-hour 
spacewalk Thursday, Feb. 16, to continue outfitting the International 
Space Station. NASA Television will broadcast the spacewalk beginning 
at 7:45 a.m. CST. 

Expedition 30 Russian Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Anton 
Shkaplerov will move one of the two Strela cranes from Pirs, the 
oldest Russian airlock and docking module, to the newer Poisk docking 
module. The 46-foot boom will be used for future assembly and 
maintenance work. The duo also will install five debris shields on 
the Zvezda service module and, if time permits, a small experiment on 
the forward section of the module, an experiment sample pack on Poisk 
and support struts on the Pirs ladder. 

Both spacewalkers will wear Russian Orlan suits bearing blue stripes 
and equipped with NASA helmet cameras. They will emerge from the Pirs 
airlock at about 8:15 a.m. 

This spacewalk will be the 162nd in support of space station assembly 
and maintenance. The last spacewalk occurred Aug. 3, 2011. For 
Kononenko, it will be his third spacewalk following two in July 2008 
during Expedition 17. His two previous spacewalks lasted a total of 
12 hours and 12 minutes. It will be Shkaplerov's first spacewalk and 
the only one scheduled during Expedition 30. 

Because of the location of the activities, Expedition 30 Commander Dan 
Burbank of NASA and Russian Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin will be 
isolated in their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft, which is attached to the 
Poisk module, for the duration of the spacewalk. NASA Flight Engineer 
Don Pettit of NASA and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Andre 
Kuipers will be free to move about the U.S. segment of the complex. 
Their Soyuz TMA-03M is attached to the Rassvet module. 

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Clint Bradford
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