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Crew Completes Post-Spacewalk Duties

Published by Matt on Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:47 am via: NASA
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After the completion of a successful six-hour, 27-minute spacewalk Monday, the Expedition 25 crew members aboard the International Space Station worked on a variety of post-spacewalk activities and science experiments Tuesday.

NASA astronaut Shannon Walker, Expedition 25 flight engineer, is pictured near the windows in the Cupola of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

NASA astronaut Shannon Walker, Expedition 25 flight engineer, is pictured near the windows in the Cupola of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Flight Engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Skripochka discussed their excursion outside the Pirs docking compartment with Russian spacewalk specialists. They also conducted post-spacewalk maintenance on their Orlan spacesuits, performing system checks, drying them and discharging their batteries.

Commander Doug Wheelock stowed U.S. spacewalking tools and equipment that were used during Monday’s spacewalk to prepare for the two spacewalks scheduled during the upcoming STS-133 mission.

Flight Engineer Shannon Walker set up hardware and equipment for a session of the Space Linear Acceleration Mass Measurement Device (SLAMMD). SLAMMD follows Newton’s Second Law of Motion by having two springs generate a known force against a crew member mounted on an extension arm, the resulting acceleration being used to calculate the subject’s mass, in effect weighing the individuals.

Expedition 25 crew members Wheelock, Walker and Yurchikhin are now scheduled to land on Nov. 25 (Nov. 26 Kazakhstan time) in the Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft. The landing was moved up due to a requirement to clear air space in Kazakhstan for an international security conference taking place in the Kazakh capital of Astana Dec. 1-2.

The Soyuz undocking will mark the beginning of Expedition 26 led by Commander Scott Kelly, currently an Expedition 25 flight engineer.

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