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Station Crew Conducting Spacewalk



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

*Station Crew Conducting Spacewalk*

  Image above: Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov (left) rides on end of the 
Strela crane with a bundle of debris panels as Commander Fyodor 
Yurchikhin operates the controls. Image credit: NASA TV

 TO VIEW IMAGE GO TO:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html

Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov began an 
almost six-hour spacewalk from the Pirs docking compartment airlock 
around at 3:05 p.m. EDT today to install Service Module Debris 
Protection (SMDP) panels on Zvezda and reroute a Global Positioning 
System antenna cable. The start of the spacewalk was delayed by about 45 
minutes as the crew resolved issues with the communication system.

Additional SMDP panels will be installed on a second spacewalk by 
Yurchikhin and Kotov on June 6. During that spacewalk they also will 
install a section of an Ethernet cable on the Zarya module and a Russian 
experiment called Biorisk on Pirs.

Yurchikhin is the lead spacewalker, EV1. Kotov is EV2. Today's 
spacewalk, in Russian Orlan suits, is the first for both.

Live coverage of the spacewalk is available on NASA TV.

+ Read more about today's spacewalk 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition15/exp15_eva18.html>
+ Watch NASA TV <http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html>

+ Expedition 15 Spacewalk Briefing Materials, May 23, 2007 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition15/exp15_msb_052307.html>
+ Read more about the Progress 25 docking 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition15/exp15_progress25_launch.html>
+ Read more about Expedition 15 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition15/index.html>
+ View crew daily timelines 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/timelines/index.html>
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