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Second Spacewalk for STS-132 Crew Today

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed May 19, 2010 7:41 am via: NASA
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(NASA) – The flight control team and on-orbit crew prepare for another excursion into space today. Astronauts will replace station batteries and fix a camera cable on today’s spacewalk, the second of the mission.

Astronauts Stephen Bowen and Michael Good are expected to egress from the Quest Airlock at 7:15 a.m.EDT to get an early start on the spacewalk. First, Good will adjust a cable on the end of the orbiter boom. This brief task was added after discovering early in the flight that the cable was inhibiting a camera from maneuvering correctly. Good will adjust the cable and use a plastic tie to hold it in position.

STS-132 Pilot Tony Antonelli works on the aft flight deck of the space shuttle Atlantis while docked with the International Space Station. Image credit: NASA

STS-132 Pilot Tony Antonelli works on the aft flight deck of the space shuttle Atlantis while docked with the International Space Station. Image credit: NASA

Next, the two spacewalkers will replace three batteries on the station port solar array. Each of the batteries weighs more than 360 pounds and will require an intricate choreography between the spacewalkers to swap out safely. The spacewalk is expected to last six and a half hours.

Throughout the spacewalk, shuttle Commander Ken Ham will provide photo and television support, Pilot Tony Antonelli will serve as the intravehicular officer and Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman and Piers Sellers will again operate the station robotic arm. Expedition 23 Flight Engineer Tracy Caldwell Dyson will assist with spacewalk preparations as well.

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