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STS-111 MISSION UPDATE NEWS



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

3 Days 20 Hours into the mission report

First Spacewalk Under Way
Mission Specialists Franklin Chang-Díaz and Philippe Perrin began
STS-111's first spacewalk at 10:27 a.m. CDT (1527 GMT). Their first task
is to attach a Power and Data Grapple Fixture onto the International
Space Station's P6 Truss. The fixture will allow the P6 to be relocated
during a future shuttle mission. Then, they will temporarily stow some
micrometeoroid debris shields that will be installed onto the Zvezda
Service Module in late July by the Expedition Five crew. Also, Chang-Díaz
will take a visual and photographic survey of one of the station's four
Control Moment Gyros. 

The two spacewalkers will wrap up the extravehicular activity by
preparing the Mobile Base System, or MBS, for installation onto the
station's Mobile Transporter. They will remove thermal blankets from the
MBS, which will be attached to the transporter Monday. 

STS-111 Pilot Paul Lockhart will coordinate the spacewalk's activities,
and Commander Ken Cockrell will operate Space Shuttle Endeavour's robot
arm. Expedition Four Flight Engineer Carl Walz and Expedition Five Flight
Engineer Peggy Whitson will control the station's robot arm. The space
walk is scheduled to conclude about 4:27 p.m. CDT (2147 GMT).

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