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Crew Conducting Spacewalk

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jul 23, 2007 12:03 pm
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(NASA) – Two International Space Station crew members have begun a spacewalk that includes removal and jettison of a refrigerator-size ammonia reservoir.

The scheduled 6½-hour spacewalk from the Quest Airlock began at 6:24 a.m. EDT Monday.

Astronaut Clay Anderson is the lead spacewalker, EV1, wearing the spacesuit with red stripes. Fyodor Yurchikhin, the cosmonaut and station commander, wearing the all-white suit, is EV2. Cosmonaut Oleg Kotov is in the U.S. laboratory Destiny to operate the Canadarm2.

After the spacewalk, a docked Progress 25 cargo craft will fire its thrusters raising the International Space Station’s orbit. This reboost, along with a reboost performed Friday, provides the proper phasing for an upcoming Progress 26 launch and docking. Today’s Progress firing also clears the station after the Early Ammonia Servicer is jettisoned and provides flight day three rendezvous opportunities when space shuttle Endeavour arrives on mission STS-118.

The Progress 24 cargo craft will undock from the Pirs docking compartment on Aug. 1 and burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere. Progress 26 is scheduled for launch on Aug. 2 and will reach the station on Aug. 5. Two days later on Aug. 7, space shuttle Endeavour is targeted for launch with a station rendezvous and docking planned for Aug. 9.

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