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Old 11-08-2007, 11:13 PM   #16
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A spacewalk to prepare for the relocation of Pressurized Mating Adaptor 2 and the subsequent move of the new Harmony node to its permanent International Space Station home is scheduled to begin about 6 a.m. EST on Friday.

Station Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko will be in U.S. spacesuits and use the Quest airlock. Whitson, the lead spacewalker, will wear the suit with the red stripes. Cosmonaut Malenchenko's suit will be all white. Newly arrived Flight Engineer Dan Tani will be the spacewalk choreographer.

Image to left: Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson works with an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit in the Quest Airlock of the International Space Station. Image credit: NASA

Their first task will be to disconnect the Station to Shuttle Power Transfer System cables between the U.S. laboratory Destiny and PMA-2. Next they'll disconnect eight other cables between PMA-2 and the lab.

Subsequently they will demate connectors on the rigid umbilicals on the side of the lab, temporarily stowing them on the lab and elsewhere. That is so they will be accessible once fluid umbilical trays are installed there after the Harmony move. Malenchenko also will install caps on his side of the lab on receptacles left open by the PMA cable demates.

Whitson also will remove a Crew Equipment Translation Aid light on the lab to make way for the trays. She will take the light to the airlock. It will be reinstalled later. Malenchenko will move to the truss and configure the port Squib firing unit.

The next task takes them to the outboard end of the Harmony node, where PMA-2 will be installed. There they will remove the active Common Berthing Mechanism cover. The cover is held on by a strap that goes around the circumference. They'll bundle the cover and secure it with wire ties. It will be put in a Progress cargo carrier for disposal.

While Whitson completes connections for a power and data grapple fixture on the bottom of Harmony that will provide a base for the station's robotic arm, Malenchenko will move back behind the Z-1 truss to reconfigure a power system, removing an electrical jumper. Next Whitson will work at the right side of the "rats' nest," at the base of Z-1 on another reconfiguration.

Then she'll retrieve a box called the base-band signal processor and return it to the airlock. It will be returned to Earth for refurbishment. Malenchenko will remove and replace a failed electrical circuit box called a remote power controller module. They'll transfer tools between two bags and move a bag to the S0 truss for later spacewalks.

PMA-2 is scheduled to be removed from Destiny and placed on Harmony, using the station's robotic arm, on Monday, Nov. 12. Harmony, brought to the station by Discovery, is to be moved from its temporary position on the left side of the Unity node to the front of Destiny, again using Canadarm2, on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
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Old 11-08-2007, 11:18 PM   #17
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Thank you again Chipstone for all your updates over here, they are so great to read all in 1 place. More rep added!
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Old 11-09-2007, 01:16 PM   #18
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Station Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko began today's spacewalk at 4:54 a.m. EST. The goal of the work is to ready the PMA-2 docking adapter for relocation to the newly installed Harmony Module on Monday. Harmony will be relocated at a later date from the Unity Node to the forward end of the Destiny laboratory.

The International Space Station’s crew enjoyed a day off duty Tuesday before starting a heavy schedule of spacewalks and robotics activities.
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Old 11-09-2007, 03:32 PM   #19
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Station Spacewalk Underway

Image Above: Station spacewalkers are at the end of the Harmony module preparing to remove a cover from the Common Berthing Mechanism. Image credit: NASA

Station Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko began today's spacewalk at 4:54 a.m. EST. The goal of the work is to ready the PMA-2 docking adapter for relocation to the newly installed Harmony module on Monday. On Wednesday, Harmony will be relocated from the Unity Node to the forward end of the Destiny laboratory.

The International Space Station’s crew enjoyed a day off duty Tuesday before starting a heavy schedule of spacewalks and robotics activities.
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Old 11-09-2007, 06:18 PM   #20
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Expedition 16’s First Spacewalk Complete

Image Above: Station spacewalkers are at the end of the Harmony module preparing it for the attachment of a docking adapter. Image credit: NASA

Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko completed their increment’s first spacewalk Friday at 10:49 a.m. EST. Their 6-hour, 55-minute spacewalk began just over an hour early at 3:54 a.m.

The two spent early Friday morning disconnecting and stowing cables, removing a light on one of the station’s transport carts and taking a cover off the Harmony node’s Common Berthing Mechanism, or CBM. On Monday, the Pressurized Mating Adapter 2 (PMA-2) will be moved from the Destiny lab and attached to Harmony’s CBM.

The spacewalkers also removed a base-band signal processor that will later be refurbished and a remote power controller module that will be replaced. They then transferred tools in preparation for upcoming spacewalks.

On Wednesday, Harmony with the newly attached PMA-2 will be moved to the forward end of the U.S. Destiny laboratory. Harmony was temporarily attached to the Unity node during space shuttle Discovery’s STS-120 mission.

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Old 11-12-2007, 02:03 PM   #21
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PMA-2 Move Readies Station for Harmony Relocation

Image Above: Against the backdrop of a blue Earth, Canadarm2 moves Pressurized Mating Adaptor-2. Image credit: NASA TV

International Space Station crewmembers move Pressurized Mating Adaptor-2 from the front of the U.S. laboratory Destiny to the Harmony node early Monday, clearing the way for Harmony's relocation to its permanent home.

Harmony, with PMA-2 on its outboard end, is scheduled to be moved from its temporary position on the Unity node to the front of Destiny on Wednesday.

Disengagement of the first set of bolts holding PMA-2 in place began about 4:35 a.m. EDT, initiated by Peggy Whitson working in Destiny. With the ISS commander there was Dan Tani, the newly arrived flight engineer of Expedition 16, who operated the Canadarm2 during the move.

The unbolting of the four sets of bolts securing PMA-2 to the front of Destiny went smoothly. Those bolts had been in place since PMA-2 was attached to the lab on Feb. 12, 2001. That was during the STS-98 mission of Atlantis, which brought Destiny to the station.

Release of the final set of bolts was completed at 5:02 a.m. PMA-2, where space shuttles have docked during recent missions, was separated from Destiny at 5:12 a.m.

Tani maneuvered the 1.5 ton PMA-2 with the station's robotic arm, its base on Destiny, away from the lab, then to a point below Destiny and a pause for a camera survey of its mating surfaces.

Still working slowly and carefully, Tani then moved PMA-2 to the station's port side and toward the outboard end of Harmony and its preinstall position.

Tani brought the docking port was brought to Harmony's berthing mechanism, where the process to secure it began. Driving the last of the four groups of four bolts each was driven into place at 6:29 a.m., permanently securing PMA-2 to its new home.

After its Wednesday move, Harmony will be in position to welcome visiting space shuttles. It also will offer docking ports to the European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory, scheduled to arrive next month, and Japan's Kibo experiment module, to become a part of the International Space Station next year.
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Old 11-14-2007, 11:55 AM   #22
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Crew Moves Harmony to Front of Space Station

Image Above: Canadarm2, under the control of Flight Engineer Dan Tani, moves the Harmony module into position. Image credit: NASA TV

The new Harmony node is now in position to receive the European and Japanese modules to be added to the International Space Station.

Station crew members moved Harmony from its temporary location on the left side of the Unity node to its new home on the front of the U.S. laboratory Destiny Wednesday morning. Disengagement of the first set of bolts holding Harmony to Unity began at 3:58 a.m. EST.

Flight Engineer Dan Tani operated the station's robotic arm. Commander Peggy Whitson operated the common berthing mechanisms, first to free Harmony after Tani had grappled it with the arm, and later to drive bolts firmly securing it to the front of Destiny.

Driving of the final bolts to attach Harmony to its new home was completed at 5:45 a.m.

After its Wednesday move, Harmony is in position to welcome visiting space shuttles. It also will offer docking ports to the European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory, scheduled to arrive next month, and Japan's Kibo experiment module, to become a part of the International Space Station next year.
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Old 11-15-2007, 11:49 PM   #23
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A 6-hour, 40-minute spacewalk by International Space Station Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Dan Tani will begin the external outfitting of the Harmony node in its new position in front of the U.S laboratory Destiny.

The spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 5 a.m. EST Tuesday from the U.S. airlock Quest. Whitson, the lead spacewalker, will wear the suit with the red stripes while Tani will be in the suit with the barber-pole stripes.

After leaving the airlock and setting up tools and equipment, Whitson will remove, vent and stow an ammonia jumper, part of a temporary cooling loop. Removing it allows connection of the hookup of the permanent ammonia cooling loop on a fluid tray on the station's exterior.

Image at right: Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson participates in a spacewalk on Nov. 9, 2007. Credit: NASA

Tani meanwhile will retrieve a bag of tools left outside on the station during the Nov. 9 spacewalk by Whitson and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko. Then he'll remove two fluid caps to prepare for connection of that permanent cooling loop.

Next he will move on to reconfigure a circuit that was used for a Squib firing unit, a small pyrotechnical device that freed a radiator on the Port 1 truss for its deployment last Thursday.

Much of the spacewalk will be devoted to work with Harmony's Loop A fluid tray. That 300-pound, 18.5-foot tray will be moved from its temporary position on the S0 truss, at the center of the station's main truss, to Harmony, atop the starboard avionics tray.

Tani will join Whitson at S0. They'll release the fluid tray and then move it to Harmony. They'll use a kind of relay technique, one moving ahead and attaching tethers to be ready to receive the tray, then the other moving farther forward to take the next handoff.

Once they reach the installation point they'll bolt down the tray, then hook up its six fluid line connections, two at S0, two at the tray and two in between.

Tani will move to his final task, on the port side of Harmony. There he will mate 11 avionics lines. Whitson, meanwhile, will configure heater cables, then mate electrical umbilicals by hooking up four electrical harnesses linking Pressurized Mating Adapter-2 at the outboard end of Harmony to station power.

The two spacewalkers will do the standard cleanup process, then enter the airlock. The beginning of its repressurization will mark the official end of the spacewalk.

Another spacewalk by Whitson and Tani to complete the exterior hookup of Harmony is scheduled for Nov. 24.
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Harmony Relocation Sets Stage for Spacewalks

Image Above: Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko tries on an Extravehicular Mobility Unit helmet in the Quest Airlock of the International Space Station. Commander Peggy Whitson assisted Malenchenko. Image credit: NASA

The Expedition 16 crew aboard the International Space Station wrapped up a busy week that saw the installation of the Harmony node into its permanent location. Harmony is now in position to receive the European and Japanese modules to be added to the station.

Crew members first moved the Pressurized Mating Adapter-2 (PMA-2) from the front of the U.S. laboratory Destiny to the Harmony node Nov. 12. Flight Engineer Dan Tani maneuvered the 1.5 ton PMA-2 with the station's robotic arm, Canadarm2.

On Wednesday, Tani again used Canadarm2 to move the 31,500-pound Harmony with PMA-2 at its outboard end from its temporary location on the left side of the Unity node to its new home on the front of the U.S. laboratory Destiny.

After its Wednesday move, Harmony is in position to welcome visiting space shuttles. It also will offer docking ports to the European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory, scheduled to arrive next month, and Japan's Kibo experiment module, to become a part of the International Space Station next year.
On Nov. 20, Tani and Commander Peggy Whitson will conduct a 6-hour, 40-minute spacewalk to begin external outfitting of the Harmony. Much of the spacewalk will be devoted to moving a 300-pound, 18.5-foot fluid tray from its temporary location at the center of the station's main truss to Harmony
Another spacewalk by Whitson and Tani to complete the exterior hookup of Harmony is scheduled for Nov. 24.
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Expedition 16 Prepares for Tuesday Spacewalk

Image Above: Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko and Commander Peggy Whitson (partially out of frame) work with spacesuits in the Quest airlock prior to the Nov. 9 spacewalk. Image credit: NASA

Station Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Dan Tani are making final preparations for Tuesday’s spacewalk. The spacewalkers will configure cameras they will use and hold a conference with flight controllers. They will then “camp-out” in the Quest joint airlock to purge nitrogen from their systems before the spacewalk begins.
Over the weekend the spacewalkers also set up their tools, readied the Quest airlock and consulted with specialists on the ground.

With the Harmony Node 2 attached to its permanent home on the forward end of the Destiny laboratory, Whitson and Tani will go outside and hook up electrical and fluid connections between the two modules. The spacewalk is expected to last 6 hours and 40 minutes. Much of the spacewalk will be devoted to moving a 300-pound, 18.5-foot fluid tray from its temporary location at the center of the station's main truss to Harmony.
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Expedition 16 Conducting Spacewalk

Image Above: Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson (upper left) and Flight Engineer Dan Tani work outside the International Space Station during Tuesday's spacewalk. Image credit: NASA TV

A spacewalk scheduled for 6 hours and 40 minutes by International Space Station Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Dan Tani to outfit the Harmony node in its new position in front of the U.S laboratory Destiny began at 5:10 a.m. EST Tuesday.

With the Harmony Node 2 attached to its permanent home on the forward end of the Destiny laboratory, the spacewalkers will hook up electrical and fluid connections between the two modules. The spacewalk is expected to last 6 hours and 40 minutes. Much of the spacewalk will be devoted to moving a 300-pound, 18.5-foot fluid tray from its temporary location at the center of the station's main truss to Harmony.
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Expedition 16 Completes Spacewalk

Image Above: Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson (upper left) and Flight Engineer Dan Tani work outside the International Space Station during Tuesday's spacewalk. Image credit: NASA TV

International Space Station Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Dan Tani wound up a 7-hour, 16-minute spacewalk to outfit the Harmony node in its new position in front of the U.S laboratory Destiny at 12:26 p.m. EST Tuesday.

With the Harmony Node 2 attached to its permanent home on the forward end of the Destiny laboratory, the spacewalkers hooked up electrical and fluid connections between the two modules. Much of the spacewalk was devoted to moving a 300-pound, 18.5-foot fluid tray from its temporary location at the center of the station's main truss to the Destiny Lab.
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Station Crew Ramps up for Saturday Spacewalk

Image Above: Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson (upper left) and Flight Engineer Dan Tani work outside the International Space Station during Tuesday's spacewalk. Image credit: NASA TV

Spacewalkers Peggy Whitson and Dan Tani are scheduled to exit the International Space Station Saturday at 6 a.m. EST. Their activities will be similar to Tuesday’s spacewalk.

Whitson and Tani will hook up more electrical and fluid connections between the Harmony Node 2 and the Destiny laboratory. They also will move another 300-pound, 18.5 foot fluid tray, the Loop B fluid tray, from a temporary location on the station’s main truss to the Destiny lab. The Loob B fluid tray will be placed on the opposite side of where the Loop A fluid tray was placed on Tuesday.

The Expedition 16 crew took a break Wednesday but continue preparing for Saturday’s spacewalk. Preparations include conferences with ground controllers, timeline reviews and readying the spacesuits.
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HOUSTON - Orbiting more than 200 miles above the Earth, the crew of the International Space Station has sent home a special Thanksgiving message that is now airing on NASA Television and the agency's Web site.

"We wanted to say happy Thanksgiving to all our NASA viewers," Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, an Iowa native, said. "We feel particularly privileged and thankful to be up here on board the International Space Station this Thanksgiving, and we're looking forward to our activities this week. We have a busy week with spacewalks, and we hope that you also are having a great Thanksgiving."

"My family, we gather for Thanksgiving, and we spend a minute just thinking about the things we're thankful for and, of course, I'm thankful for the continued health of my family and my loved ones," Flight Engineer DanTani, an Illinois native, said. "Also this year, I'm thankful that I'm safely on the space station, conducting our mission successfully and having a great time doing it."

The astronauts showed some of the food they will eat during their holiday dinner, including shrimp cocktail, an astronaut favorite. Smoked turkey, cornbread dressing and "lots of hot sauce" also are on the menu.

For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information on the Web, visit:
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6-hour, 30-minute spacewalk by International Space Station Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Dan Tani will continue the external outfitting of the Harmony node in its new position in front of the U.S laboratory Destiny.

The spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. EST Saturday from the U.S. airlock Quest. As was the case in the Nov. 20 spacewalk, Whitson, the lead spacewalker, will wear the suit with the red stripes while Tani will be in the suit with the barber-pole stripes.

After leaving the airlock and setting up tools and equipment, Whitson will remove, vent and stow an ammonia jumper, part of a temporary cooling loop. Removing it allows connection of the hookup of the permanent Loop B ammonia cooling loop on a second fluid tray on the station's exterior.

Tani meanwhile will configure tools, then remove two fluid caps to prepare for connection of that permanent cooling Loop B. Next he'll relocate an articulated portable foot restraint, which offers spacewalkers a place to secure their feet, from the U.S. laboratory Destiny's port side to the lower face of the lab's forward endcone.

As in the Nov. 20 spacewalk, much of this outing will be devoted to work with a fluid tray, this time Harmony's Loop B fluid tray. The 300-pound, 18.5-foot tray will be moved from its temporary position on the S0 truss, at the center of the station's main truss, to Destiny, atop the port avionics tray.

As they did with the Loop A tray Nov. 20, they'll use a kind of relay technique, one moving ahead and attaching tethers to be ready to receive the tray, then the other moving farther forward to take the next handoff.

Once they reach the installation point they'll bolt down the tray, then hook up its six fluid line connections, two at S0, two at the tray and two in between.

Whitson will move to the starboard side of Harmony. There she will remove launch restraints from latch petals of a common berthing mechanism. Those petals will initially attach the European Space Agency laboratory Columbus, enabling bolts to be driven to secure it to its permanent station home.

Tani, meanwhile, will remove one of the 22 covers of the starboard Solar Alpha Rotary Joint and do an inspection similar to the one he did during his spacewalk during the STS-120 mission. He will take digital pictures of the joint and collect samples of any debris there.

He will return the cover to the airlock, leaving the joint available for a video survey by a camera on the station's robotic Canadarm2. That survey will be done after the STS-122 mission and will involve at least one full rotation of the suspect joint, which has experienced vibration and increased electrical current draw.

One or more get-ahead tasks may be done if time permits.

The two spacewalkers will do the standard cleanup process and then enter the airlock. The beginning of its repressurization will mark the official end of the spacewalk.

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