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Station Crew Completes Successful Spacewalk

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jul 23, 2007 6:38 pm
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(NASA) – Two International Space Station crew members Monday successfully wrapped up a 7-hour, 41-minute spacewalk that saw the removal and jettison of a refrigerator-size ammonia reservoir.

During the spacewalk Flight Engineer Clay Anderson and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin also installed a television camera stanchion, reconfigured a power supply for an antenna assembly, and performed several get-ahead tasks.

Riding on the end of the space station’s robotic arm maneuvered by Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov, Anderson jettisoned the Early Ammonia Servicer (EAS) by shoving it opposite of the station’s direction of travel.

After the spacewalk, the 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. Monday’s Progress firing also clears the station after the EAS 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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