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NASA Adds Two Days and a Fourth Spacewalk to Mission



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
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>     *NASA Adds Two Days and a Fourth Spacewalk to Mission*
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> During a post-mission management briefing held at 8:00 PM EDT, John 
> Shannon, chair of the Mission Management Team, announced NASA will 
> extend the mission two extra days and add a fourth spacewalk to the 
> mission.
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> *Astronauts Finish First STS-117 Spacewalk*
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> Jim Reilly (left) and John 'Danny' Olivas conclude the June 11, 2007 
> spacewalkImage above: Jim Reilly (left) and John "Danny" Olivas 
> conclude the June 11, 2007 spacewalk. Image credit: NASA TV
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> TO VIEW IMAGE GO TO:
> http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html
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> Mission Specialists Jim Reilly and John ďDannyĒ Olivas successfully 
> completed tasks during STS-117ís first spacewalk to activate the 
> International Space Stationís newest component.
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> The 6-hour, 15-minute excursion concluded at 10:17 p.m. EDT..
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> Reilly and Olivas went to work after the Starboard 3 and 4 (S3/S4) 
> truss segment was installed onto the station. They made power, data 
> and cooling connections between the station and the S3/S4. The 
> spacewalkers also released locks and launch restraints on the 
> segmentís solar arrays and prepared its radiator and rotary joint for 
> operation.
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> The radiator was deployed during the spacewalk. The solar arrays will 
> be unfurled Tuesday.
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> STS-117 Pilot Lee Archambault and Expedition 15 Flight Engineer Oleg 
> Kotov were at the controls of the stationís robotic arm during the 
> spacewalk. STS-117 Mission Specialist Patrick Forrester coordinated 
> the spacewalk.
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> The start of the spacewalk and the attachment of the truss were 
> delayed due to the saturation of the control moment gyros that control 
> the attitude of the station. Flight controllers performed standard 
> procedures to bring the CMGs back to normal operations.
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> S3/S4 activation activities will continue during STS-117ís second 
> spacewalk, slated to take place Wednesday afternoon.
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