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News Racks Installed, Astronauts Prepare for Second Spacewalk

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Sep 3, 2009 8:25 am via: source
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(NASA) – The Fluids Integrated Rack, Materials Science Research Rack-1 and Minus Eighty-Degree Laboratory Freezer-2 were transferred from the Leonardo logistics module and installed in the U.S. Destiny Laboratory.

The newest station crewmember, Nicole Stott, had time to orient herself in her new home, and joined Flight Engineer Frank De Winne for two hours of training related to the upcoming arrival of Japan’s H-II Transfer Vehicle, set to launch Sept. 10.

Astronaut Nicole Stott, Expedition 20 flight engineer, participates in the STS-128 mission's first spacewalk on Tuesday as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Astronaut Nicole Stott, Expedition 20 flight engineer, participates in the STS-128 mission's first spacewalk on Tuesday as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Spacewalkers Danny Olivas and Christer Fuglesang will conduct the second spacewalk of the mission scheduled to begin about 4:19 p.m. CDT Thursday.

John McCullough, chief of the Flight Director Office, stated that it doesn’t look like the International Space Station will have to do a debris avoidance maneuver. However, the final decision will be made during the last hour of Thursday’s spacewalk.

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