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Thermal Blanket Repair,



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

*Thermal Blanket Repair, Vent Installation on Tap Today*
Image above: The partially retracted solar array on the Port 6 truss. 
Image credit: NASA TV

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STS-117 Mission Specialists Jim Reilly and Danny Olivas will tackle 
separate tasks today when they begin the missionís third spacewalk.

Olivasí first task of the spacewalk, scheduled to begin at 1738 UTC, is 
the repair of a thermal blanket that is out of position on space shuttle 
Atlantis. Working from the end of the Atlantisí robot arm, he will tuck 
the blanket back position and then staple it back into position on the 
left orbital maneuvering system pod.

Meanwhile, Reilly will install a hydrogen vent on the International 
Space Stationís Destiny Laboratory. The vent is for a new oxygen 
generation system.

The duo will then go to the top of the stationís Port (P6) truss to 
assist in the retraction of a solar array. Over a two-day period the 
crew has folded most of the array bays. A future shuttle crew will 
relocate the P6 to the end of the Port 5 truss.

If time allows, Reilly and Olivas will tackle other tasks outside the 
station. The spacewalk is scheduled to last 6Ĺ hours.

Mission Specialist Pat Forrester will coordinate todayís spacewalk 
activities. Pilot Lee Archambault and Steve Swanson are the robot arm 
operators.

*STS-117 Mission*
+ The Crew 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts117/index.html> 

+ The Mission 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts117/mission_overview.html> 

+ The Integrated Truss Structure 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/structure/elements/its.html>
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