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Astronauts Go Spacewalking,


*Astronauts Go Spacewalking, P6 Arrays Continue to Fold*

Image above: Spacewalker Pat Forrester rides on the end of the station's
robotic arm to assist with the retraction of a solar array. Image 
credit: NASA TV


Astronauts Pat Forrester and Steve Swanson kicked off STS-117’s second 
spacewalk at 1828 UTC today. The objectives of the excursion are to 
continue preparing the newly installed Starboard 3 and 4 (S3/S4) truss 
segment for operation and to assist with the retraction of the starboard 
solar array on the Port 6 (P6) truss.

+ Watch the spacewalk live on NASA TV 

They will spend most of the first hour of the 6½ hour spacewalk 
monitoring the retraction of the P6 array and will assist if required. 
Retraction of the array began at 6:47 a.m., and by 2:30 p.m., 7½ of the 
31½ bays had been retracted. Once the P6 arrays are furled, the stage is 
set for a future shuttle crew to relocate the P6 from atop the space 
station to the end of the Port 5 truss.

After the orbital duo leaves the P6, their attention will turn to the 
S3/S4 truss. Forrester and Swanson will prepare the Solar Alpha Rotary 
Joint (SARJ) for operation by removing the remaining launch restraints. 
The SARJ will allow the arrays to track the sun.

Mission Specialist Jim Reilly is coordinating the spacewalk, and Pilot 
Lee Archambault is at the controls of the station’s robotic arm. Two 
more spacewalks are scheduled for STS-117. Today’s excursion is slated 
to wrap up about 0058 UTC.

In other activities, Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and 
Flight Engineers Oleg Kotov and Clayton Anderson continue to transfer 
cargo between the station and Space Shuttle Atlantis.

*STS-117 Mission*
+ The Crew 

+ The Mission 

+ The Integrated Truss Structure 

*Media Resources*
+ STS-117 TV Schedule 
+ Certificate of Flight Readiness (3.7 Mb PDF) 
+ STS-117 Press Kit (5.9 Mb PDF) 
+ RTF Final Implementation Plan -- May 2007 (19.8 Mb PDF) 
+ STS-117 Fact Sheet (1.8 Mb PDF) 

*Visit the STS-117 Educator Resource Page*
+ Read more 
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