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Astronauts Set for Final Spacewalk of STS-127 Mission

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:02 am via: source
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(NASA) – The final full day of activities for the joint crew of Endeavour and the International Space Station will focus on the fifth and final spacewalk of the mission.

Spacewalkers Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn spent the night camped out in the Quest airlock. The primary objective of the spacewalk is to install two cameras on Japan’s Kibo laboratory that will provide views to help with rendezvous and berthing of the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV). The HTV is scheduled to make its first deliveries to the station in September.

A record 13 astronauts and cosmonauts assemble for a shuttle-station group photo on the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA

A record 13 astronauts and cosmonauts assemble for a shuttle-station group photo on the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA

The six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk also includes an electrical cable swap and adjustment of insulation blankets on the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator. If time permits, the pair also will deploy a Payload Attachment System on the Starboard 3 truss structure that will allow an external spare parts stowage platform to be installed on a future shuttle mission.

Inside the complex, Commander Mark Polansky and Mission Specialist Dave Wolf will support the spacewalkers, and Pilot Doug Hurley will continue cargo transfers, which are more than 80 percent complete.

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