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Astronauts Busy Inside and Outside Station Today

Published by Matt on Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:21 am via: source
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Atlantis’ crew was awakened at 3:28 a.m., to the sound of The Newsboys’ song “In Wonder.” It was played for Mission Specialist Randy Bresnik, who will be choreographing today’s spacewalk from inside the station.

The Expedition 21 crew welcomes the STS-129 crew aboard the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA TV

The Expedition 21 crew welcomes the STS-129 crew aboard the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA TV

The spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 8:18 a.m. and last six-and-a-half hours. During that time, Mission Specialists Mike Foreman and Robert Satcher will be installing a spare S-band antenna structural assembly brought up in Atlantis’ cargo bay. The equipment will be stored on the Z1 segment of the station’s truss system, and to get it there Satcher will be riding the station’s robotic arm, driven by Mission Specialist Leland Melvin, Commander Charles Hobaugh and Pilot Barry Wilmore.

Meanwhile, inside the station, further work will be going on to prepare the station for the arrival of the Tranquility node. Station Commander Frank De Winne and Flight Engineer Jeff Williams will be working at the port hatch of the Harmony node to rewire data, power and cooling lines and air flow connections that will be connected to Tranquility. Their task is also scheduled to take about six-and-a-half hours today. De Winne and Williams will continue working on the project over several days during the STS-129 mission.

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