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Station Hosts Second Spacewalk, Change of Command Ceremony

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon May 23, 2011 8:46 am via: NASA
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STS-134 Mission Specialists Andrew Feustel and Mike Fincke wrapped up their 8-hour, 7-minute spacewalk at 10:12 a.m EDT Sunday. They topped off ammonia in a cooling loop, lubricated a solar array joint on the port truss and one of the hands on Dextre, one of the station’s Canadian robotic arms, and installed stowage beams near the middle of the main truss.

The spacewalk was the fifth for Feustel and the seventh for Fincke. It was the 157th for station assembly and maintenance and the 246th by U.S. astronauts.

At 11:41 a.m. EDT Sunday, Dmitry Kondratyev, who has been the commander of Expedition 27 aboard the International Space Station, conducted a ceremonial change of command with Andrey Borisenko, who now commands Expedition 27 and will command Expedition 28. Kondratyev, NASA Flight Engineer Cady Coleman and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli will return to Earth Monday night inside their Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft that launched to the station Dec. 15. Expedition 28 will begin officially at the moment of Soyuz undocking.

After the undocking, the Soyuz will back away from the station as normal but hold in place about 200 meters away while the station is rotated 130 degrees so space shuttle Endeavour and the space station elements will be in the best position for Nespoli to acquire imagery of the station in its current configuration.

Remaining on the station will be Expedition 28 Commander Andrey Borisenko, NASA astronaut Ron Garan and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev. Two weeks after the Expedition 27 crew lands, Soyuz Commander Sergei Volkov, NASA Flight Engineer Mike Fossum and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Satoshi Furukawa will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on June 7. They will dock with the station and join its crew on June 9.

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