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Crew Cleans Up After First Spacewalk, Prepares for Second

Published by Sigurd on Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:31 pm via: NASA
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As Flight Engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Mikhail Kornienko cleaned up after Tuesday morning’s spacewalk, Flight Engineers Doug Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell Dyson prepared for an August 5 spacewalk.

Cosmonaut and Flight Engineer Fyodor Yurchikhin works inside the Zvezda service module. Credit: NASA

Cosmonaut and Flight Engineer Fyodor Yurchikhin works inside the Zvezda service module. Credit: NASA

After a successful six-hour, 42-minute spacewalk Tuesday morning Yurchikhin and Kornienko reconfigured tools, the Pirs docking compartment and the Zvezda service module’s transfer compartment. They outfitted the Rassvet module’s Kurs automated rendezvous system, installed cables and replaced a video camera during their expedition’s first spacewalk.

The August 5 spacewalk will take place outside of the U.S. Quest airlock. Caldwell Dyson and Wheelock reviewed procedures Friday and set up tools they will use to install a power and data grapple fixture on the Zarya module. The grapple fixture will extend the station robotic arm’s reach and increase a spacewalker’s capabilities during assembly. They also will install a power cable to prepare for the upcoming installation in November of the Permanent Multipurpose Module during STS-133.

Flight Engineer Shannon Walker detached measurement units from the Cell Biology Experiment Facility inside the Kibo module’s Saibo rack. The Saibo rack provides facilities to experiment with and store biological samples. Walker also assisted Caldwell Dyson and Wheelock with their procedure review and participated in a spacewalk conference with ground specialists.

Commander Alexander Skvortsov, along with his crew mates, continued with his daily exercise regimen. The orbital laboratory’s exercise equipment includes two treadmills, an exercise bike and a resistive device that helps counter the long-term effects of microgravity.

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