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2002 International Space Station Status Report #3


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2002  Report # 3 
 10 p.m. CST, Monday, Jan. 14, 2002 
 Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
 Commander Yury Onufrienko and Flight Engineer Carl Walz floated outside
the International Space Station on the first spacewalk of their
expedition and finished installing a second Russian cargo boom, part of
which had been delivered to the station two and a half years ago.  With
coordination help from inside the station by Flight Engineer Dan Bursch,
the two space walkers also installed an amateur radio antenna on the
Zvezda Service Module.

The first space walk Expedition Four crew's five-month tour of duty began
at 2:59 p.m. CST and ended at 9:02 p.m. CST, lasting a total of 6 hours,
3 minutes. Monday's spacewalk was the thirty-second in support of space
station assembly, the seventh such excursion conducted from the station
itself, and the sixth based out of the station's Russian segment. The
total amount of time spent on space station-based spacewalks now stands
at 29 hours, 04 minutes, and the total spacewalking time spent on station
construction at 196 hours, 19 minutes.

After exiting the station from the Russian Pirs docking compartment,
Onufrienko and Walz assembled an extension for a Russian cargo boom that
had been previously installed on Pirs. They used the operational cargo
crane, called Strela 1 (Strela is the Russian word for arrow), to get
into position to detach and relocate a similar crane temporarily stored
on the outside of the Unity-to-Zarya connecting tunnel. Known as Strela
2, this second crane was moved back alongside Pirs and attached to a base
point on the opposite side of the docking compartment and airlock at 6:31
p.m. CST. 

The first piece of Strela 2 had been delivered and installed in May 1999,
and the second piece in May 2000. On future spacewalks, the two cranes
may be used to maneuver equipment and spacewalkers.

Onufrienko and Walz also installed an amateur radio antenna on a handrail
at the end of the Zvezda service module. The antenna is one of four that
eventually will allow space station crew members to make "ham"
radio contacts from the comfort of their living quarters inside Zvezda.
Currently, the amateur radio station is inside the Zarya module.

The next spacewalk of the expedition - to be conducted by Onufrienko and
Bursch - is targeted for Jan. 25. The plan for this spacewalk currently
includes installation of the remaining three amateur radio antennae and
thruster deflector shields on the end of Zvezda.

For the latest information on the crew's activities aboard the space
station, future launch dates and times, as well as station sighting
opportunities from anywhere on the Earth, please visit the Web at:
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov. Details on station science operations can be
found on the Web site of the Payload Operations Center at NASA's Marshall
Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. at:
The next ISS status report will be issued Jan. 18.

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