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Spacewalk Preps and Cargo Transfers for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:24 am via: NASA
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To prepare for Wednesday’s spacewalk, Flight Engineers Sergei Volkov and Alexander Samokutyaev charged batteries in their Russian Orlan spacesuits and prepared tools and equipment they will need during the six-hour excursion.

During the spacewalk, the cosmonauts will work outside the Russian segment to move a small crane, install a communications terminal and remove and inspect antennas. Other tasks include installing a materials science experiment and deploying a micro-satellite.

Flight Engineers Mike Fossum and Satoshi Furukawa worked on organizing cargo delivered by the STS-135 crew of space shuttle Atlantis that was temporarily stowed in the Permanent Multi-purpose Module. During the final space shuttle mission, Atlantis delivered about 9,400 pounds of supplies and equipment aboard the multi-purpose logistics module Raffaello, with an additional 2,300 pounds of cargo brought up on Atlantis’ middeck. The duo also took apart the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device, which allows astronauts to do weightlifting exercises, to tighten set screws on a flywheel before a problem noticed on the ground training unit could affect the space station unit.

Flight Engineer Ron Garan helped Furukawa with his periodic fitness evaluation and worked in the European Columbus module to install a high-definition video camera.

Commander Andrey Borisenko photographed and documented developments and conditions in the Earth’s oceans as part of the ongoing Russian Seiner experiment. His unique perspective of the Earth’s oceans provides scientists on the ground with current position coordinates of bioproductive water areas.

Borisenko also collected environmental samples in the Russian segment of the station and performed maintenance on the two docked ISS Progress resupply vehicles.

Furukawa took some time out of today’s busy schedule to participate in an in-flight educational event, speaking with students from Akita University, Japan. Fossum and Garan are scheduled to talk with reporters from New York City and College Station, Texas, tomorrow at 12:50 p.m. EDT.

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