Friday, November 21, 2008

750p 11/20 Update: Spacewalk ends

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CBS NEWS STS-126 STATUS REPORT: 44
Posted: 7:50 PM, 11/20/08

By William Harwood
CBS News Space Analyst

Changes and additions:

   SR-41 (11/20/08): Spacewalk begins
   SR-42 (11/20/08): Equipment carts relocated; SARJ cleaning resumes
   SR-43 (11/20/08): Stefanyshyn-Piper reports modified SARJ cleaning technique works well
   SR-44 (11/20/08): Spacewalk ends

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7:50 PM, 11/20/08, Update: Spacewalk ends

Astronauts Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Robert "Shane" Kimbrough wrapped up a six-hour 45-minute spacewalk today and began repressurizing the space station's Quest airlock module at 7:43 p.m. All major objectives of today's excursion were accomplished, including the relocation of two equipment carts on the station's solar array truss; lubrication of snares on the end of the lab's robot arm; and continued cleaning and lubrication of the station's right-side solar-array rotary joint.

"Shane and Heide, it was great working with you today," Endeavour pilot Eric Boe called from inside the shuttle-station complex. "Outstanding work getting the job done."

"Welcome back, outstanding job," commander Christopher Ferguson added a moment later.

This was the 116th space station spacewalk in the past 10 years, the 17th this year and the second of four planned by shuttle Endeavour's crew. Total spacewalk assembly time now stands at 732 hours and 25 minutes with Endeavour's total increasing to 13 hours and 37 minutes. Stefanyshyn-Piper, veteran of two previous spacewalks during a 2006 mission, now has 26 hours and 45 minutes of EVA time through four spacewalks.

Toward the end of today's spacewalk, Stefanyshyn-Piper, who lost a $100,000 tool kit during a spacewalk Tuesday, took extra care to make sure she had her tools and bags properly tethered before heading back to the airlock.

"Hopefully, I won't lose anything on the way," she quipped. "I think everything's tethered, so it's just a matter of what's going to stay in the bag."

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Quick-Launch Web Links:

CBS News STS-126 Status Reports:
http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/current.html

CBS News STS-126 Quick-Look Page:
http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/currentglance.html

NASA ISS Expeditions Page:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/index.html

NASA Shuttle Web: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/shuttle/index.html
NASA Station Web: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/index.html
Spaceflight Now: http://spaceflightnow.com/index.html
GoogleSatTrack: http://www.lizard-tail.com/isana/tracking/

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