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Endeavour Crew Completes First Spacewalk, Installs Japanese Exposed Facility

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sun Jul 19, 2009 8:17 am via: source
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(NASA) – In a complex and choreographed activity, the crews of Endeavour and the International Space Station installed the Exposed Facility on the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory today, the top priority for the mission, and completed the first of five spacewalks planned.

Though plagued by communication problems, crew members Dave Wolf and Tim Kopra completed all of their primary tasks during a 5 hour, 32 minute spacewalk. STS-127 lead spacewalker Dave Wolf and the newest space station crew member Tim Kopra began the spacewalk at 12:19 p.m. EDT, when they switched their spacesuits to battery power. The spacewalk ended at 5:51 p.m.

Spacewalker Tim Kopra works in the payload bay of space shuttle Endeavour as the International Space Station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm hands the Japanese Exposed Facility to the shuttle’s Canadarm robotic arm. Photo credit: NASA TV

Spacewalker Tim Kopra works in the payload bay of space shuttle Endeavour as the International Space Station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm hands the Japanese Exposed Facility to the shuttle’s Canadarm robotic arm. Photo credit: NASA TV

The Japanese Exposed Facility is the space station’s new porch and will expose science experiments to the extreme environments of space. The JEF was installed by Shuttle Commander Mark Polansky and Mission Specialist Julie Payette, who operated the shuttle robotic arm, and by Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialist Koichi Wakata, who operated the station robotic arm.

Spacewalkers Wolf and Kopra began by preparing the berthing mechanisms on the Kibo laboratory and the JEF for the installation. The two also completed deploying an unpressurized cargo carrier attachment system (UCCAS) on the Port 3 truss that had failed to unfurl during STS-119 in March. The UCCAS will be used in the future to store equipment and supplies on the outside of the station.

After a series of robotic arm “hand offs,” the JEF was officially latched to the Kibo laboratory at 7:29 p.m.

2 Comments
duncanmkz
I have some serious safety concerns with the Japanese "Kibo" module.
See: http://dailyweek.com/stories/20090719_kibo/kibo.html
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