STS-117 Mission Updates: Part 2

Spacewalk Ends for Shuttle Astronauts
15 June 2007 9:29 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON --Spacewalkers Jim Reilly and Danny Olivas are backinside the Quest airlock, which is now repressurizingsignaling an end to today?s spacewalk

The spacewalk began at 1:24 p.m. EDT (1724 GMT) and officiallyended at 9:22 p.m. EDT (0122 June 16 GMT).

Total spacewalking time: Seven hours and 58 minutes.

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Spacewalkers Head Back to ISS Airlock
15 June 2007 9:13 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON --Spacewalkers Jim Reilly and Danny Olivas are back atthe Quest airlock aboard the International Space Station as they near the endof today?s spacewalk.

Altogether, the spacewalkers have repaired a torn shuttleblanket on Atlantis, installed a new vent to aid a U.S. oxygen generator andhelped furl a seven-year-old solar array outside the orbital laboratory.

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Spacewalkers Complete ISS Solar Array Retraction
15 June 2007 9:03 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON --Spacewalkers Jim Reilly II and Danny Olivas, andastronauts inside the International Space Station, have completed theretraction of the outpost?s old, starboard-reaching solar array.

The array, the second to be furled atop the station?s Port 6truss, is latched inside its storage boxes, priming the Port 6 truss for laterrelocation to the port-most end of the ISS on a later shuttle mission.

The spacewalkers are now wrapping up their worksites andpreparing to end today?s EVA.

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ISS Solar Array Retracted in Spacewalk
15 June 2007 8:31 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON --?Spacewalkers Jim Reilly II and Danny Olivas, and astronautsinside the International Space Station, have completed the retraction of theoutpost?s old, starboard-reaching solar array.

A final check to make sure the array is retracted properly isunderway.

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ISS Solar Array Nears Completion in Spacewalk
15 June 2007 8:15 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON -- ?Spacewalkers Jim Reilly II and DannyOlivas, and astronauts inside the International Space Station, have nearlycompleted the retraction of the outpost?s old, starboard-reaching solar array.

Only a tiny bit remains before it is completely stowed in storageboxes, that will then be latched tight.

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Steady Progress in Solar Array Furling for Spacewalkers
15 June 2007 7:59 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON --?The stop-and-go technique is paying off for astronauts inside andoutside the International Space Station as they retract an old solar array atopthe outpost.

On NASA TV, the array can be seen creeping into its storageboxes one piece at a time, stopping after each motion to allow spacewalkers JimReilly II and Danny Olivas to clear snags.

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Spacewalkers Make Progress in Solar Array Retraction
15 June 2007 7:38 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON --?Spacewalkers Jim Reilly II and Danny Olivas have passed the six-hourmark in today?s work to retract a solar array outside the International SpaceStation (ISS).

At the start of today?s retraction activities, the solar arrayextended about halfway of its total 115-foot (35-meter) length, or about 15.5sections of its mast, known as bays.

Less than 7.5 bays remain deployed.

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Solar Array Retracts Slowly, Spacewalk Extended
15 June 2007 7:20 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON --?The solar array retraction outside the International SpaceStation is continuing in a start-and-stop fashion as astronauts haul in thepower-producing wing, then stop to free snags.

Spacewalkers Jim Reilly II and Danny Olivas have been given ago to continue their efforts to aid in the retraction for at least anotherhour, well beyond their planned 6.5-hour schedule, due to ample spacesuitconsumables, NASA said.

Reilly has noted that some of the nearly-seven year old solararray?s grommets are snagged tightly.

?It?s like theses grommets are spring-loaded,? Reilly said.

?I guess they?re just old, JR,? Atlantis commander RickSturckow said.

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Solar Array Retraction Begins in Spacewalk
15 June 2007 6:57 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON --?Spacewalkers Jim Reilly II and Danny Olivas have ?fluffed? andprodded the solar array atop the International Space Station to clear its foldsfor retraction.

Astronauts inside the ISS and Atlantis are now commanding it toretract it about one-half of a section of its pop up mast.

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Spacewalkers Work on Solar Array
15 June 2007 6:30 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON --?Spacewalkers Jim Reilly II and Danny Olivas have ascended thespace station?s Port 6 truss where they will address any apparent snags in thehalf-furled array.

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Spacewalkers Ascend ISS Power Tower
15 June 2007 6:25 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON --?Spacewalkers Jim Reilly II and Danny Olivas have ascended theInternational Space Station?s tower-like Port 6 truss for today?s solar arrayretraction.

Olivas will climb to the base of the half-stowed array, whichreaches out over the station?s starboard side. Reilly will climb aboard the spacestation?s robotic arm. From that perch, he will be able to physically loosesnags on the array.

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Spacewalkers Gather Tools for Solar Wing Retraction
15 June 2007 5:55 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON --?Spacewalkers Jim Reilly II and Danny Olivas are gathering thetools they will need to help continue the retraction of the Port 6 solar arrayatop the International Space Station.

They are returning to the station?s U.S. Quest airlock to loadup on cameras, tape-wrapped tools and other items.

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Solar Array Retraction on Tap
15 June 2007 5:31 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON --?Spacewalkers Jim Reilly II and Danny Olivas have tethered theproblematic debris shield they were working to replace and are now stowingtheir tools.

Their next major task, expected to take the remainder of thespacewalk, will be to be the on scene eyes and hands during today?s plannedretraction of the station?s Port 6 solar array.

Today?s spacewalk has passed the four-hour mark.

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Spacewalkers Team Up for Tasks
15 June 2007 4:55 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON --?Spacewalkers Jim Reilly II and Danny Olivas are working togetheragain after completing their solo tasks outside the International Space Station(ISS).

Olivas met Reilly outside the station?s Destiny module, wherehe stepped out of his perch at the end of the shuttle Atlantis? robotic arm.The two are now working to reinstall a debris shield over a new vent valveinstalled by Reilly earlier in the spacewalk.

Earlier, Olivas also successfully stapled and pinned a torn thermalblanket back into place on the Atlantis?s aft-mounted left engine pod.

The two spacewalkers are expected to help furl the remainder ofan old solar array atop the station?s Port 6 truss.

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Spacewalk Continues, Failed ISS Computers Rebooted
15 June 2007 4:23 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON -- As today?s spacewalk continues outside the InternationalSpace Station (ISS), astronauts inside the outpost and flight controllers haverestarted balky computers in the Russian segment.

Initial reports are that two out of three lanes for the Russiansegment?s central and terminal computing systems are up and running. Thecentral computer system governs command and control functions in the station?sRussian modules. The terminal computer oversees navigation guidance andattitude control

Meanwhile, spacewalker Danny Olivas has completed a repair ofthe shuttle Alantis? damaged blanket.

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Spacewalker Staples Blanket Secure
15 June 2007 3:40 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON -- Spacewalker Danny Olivas has successfully stapledthe torn shuttle blanket in place and installed pins to secure it in place.

His partner Jim Reilly also completed a separate task toinstall a hydrogen vent to the exterior of the International Space Station?sDestiny laboratory. He is also expected to disconnect an unused power cable onthe station?s new Starboard 3/Starboard 4 truss as a troubleshooting measurefor the station?s ongoing computer problems.

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Spacewalker Handles Damaged Shuttle Blanket
15 June 2007 2:57 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON -- Spacewalker Danny Olivas is working at the site of adamaged thermal blanket on the shuttle Atlantis? aft left engine pod. He haspatted down uplifted material and is now proceeding to staple it down.

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Spacewalkers Head to First Worksites
15 June 2007 2:35 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON -- Spacewalkers Jim Reilly II and Danny Olivas are attheir first worksites of today?s planned 6.5-hour excursion outside theInternational Space Station.

Olivas is perched at the tip of the shuttle Atlantis? roboticarm to repair a torn thermal blanket at the aft of the orbiter. Reilly is atthe side of the station?s Destiny lab to install a new vent valve for a U.S.oxygen generator.

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Astronauts Begin Third Spacewalk
15 June 2007 1:35 p.m. EDT

Astronauts Jim Reilly II and Danny Olivas have exited the Quest? airlock of theInternational Space Station (ISS) to begin the third spacewalk of the STS-117mission.

Reilly is wearing a NASA spacesuit with red stripes and Olivasis suited in an all white spacesuit.

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Atlantis Astronauts Prepare for Third Spacewalk
15 June 2007 1:02 a.m. EDT

HOUSTON --Spacewalkers Jim Reilly II and Danny Olivas are gearing up for the thirdspacewalk of NASA?s STS-117 mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

 

Thespacewalk is slated to begin about 1:38 p.m. EDT (1738 GMT).

 

NASA rousedthe Atlantis astronaut crew at 8:38 a.m. EDT (1238 GMT) with the song ?RadarLove? by the band Golden Earring, chosen for STS-117 mission specialist StevenSwanson by his family.


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Astronauts Retract ISS Solar Array Halfway
14 June 2007 4:57 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON --Astronauts aboard NASA?s space shuttle Atlantis and the International SpaceStation have reeled in an old solar array to the halfway point of its 115-foot(35-meter) length.

 

The array,which is supported by a mast of pop-up battens arranged in more than 30box-like sections, or bays, is retracted to the point that around 15 to 15.5bays are exposed, the astronauts said.

 

?That?sgood news,? said NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, serving as the station?sspacecraft communicator at Mission Control here at the Johnson Space Center.?We?re halfway there.?

 

Theremainder of the solar array is expected to be retracted during a Fridayspacewalk.

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NASA: No Quick Fix for ISS Computer Glitch
14 June 2007 3:17 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON --Efforts to fully recover critical Russian computer systems on the InternationalSpace Station (ISS) will take at least a few days, though the orbitallaboratory is in a good configuration for that period, NASA associateadministrator Bill Gerstenmaier said Thursday.

 

?It willnot be quick,? Gerstenmaier said of the Russiancomputer system glitch.

 

Earliertoday, Russian engineers made contact with two of the failed computers for aseven-minute period, Gerstenmaier added. During thattime they uploaded commands that restored power to some afflicted systems and nowplan to isolate the station?s Russian segments from the power supply offered bythe new starboard solar arrays installed during the ongoing shuttle flight.

 

The spacestation, Gerstenmaier assured, is in a good configurationto weather the troubleshooting process.

 

Meanwhile,astronauts aboard the shuttle Atlantis continue to work to retract an oldersolar array into storage boxes at the very top of the ISS.

 

A fullstory on Gerstenmaier?s report will be posted toSPACE.com?s homepage shortly.

 

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ISS Solar Array Retraction Efforts Continue
14 June 2007 2:03 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON --Now that the International Space Station is passing into sunlight, solar arrayretraction efforts are due to resume.

 

Up first: a solar wing ?wiggle? under command by flight controllers onEarth to shake out snags. Then shuttle astronauts are expected to resumehauling the half-furled array into its storage boxes.

 

Meanwhile,NASA will hold a media briefing at 2:30 p.m. EDT (1830 GMT) live on NASA TVwith associate administrator for space operations Bill Gerstenmaier,who is expected to address ongoing efforts to recover vital Russian computersystems aboard the ISS among other topics.

 

SPACE.comwill pause coverage of the solar array attractionuntil after that media briefing.

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ISS Solar Array Snag Apparently Clear
14 June 2007 1:21 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON --The slack guidewire that stalled retraction efforts ofan International Space Station solar array appears to have cleared itself up.

 

?Houston,great news,? Atlantis shuttle commander Rick Sturckow called down to MissionControl. ?The wire just freed itself?so it?s all good.?

 

Sturckowand his crewmates snapped photos of the wire loop and its apparent selfcorrection to send back to Earth. They are waiting until anotherdaylight pass to pursue array retraction.

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ISS Solar Array Folding Hits Snag
14 June 2007 12:53 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON --An errant loop of wire has thrown a snag into the continued retraction of anold solar array at the International Space Station.

 

The wire,one of three guidewires that run the length of thePort 6 solar wing, appears to have some slack that is interfering with thearrays? retraction.

 

ISS flightcontrollers have tried wiggling the array by ordering it to twist on its base,as well as extending slightly to pick up the slack, but to no effect.

 

?Idefinitely would not retract anymore in this configuration,? Atlantis commanderRick Sturckow radioed down to Mission Control.

 

NASA hasbudgeted more time during a Friday spacewalk, and possibly during an extrafourth spacewalk set for Sunday, to wrangle the solar array into submission.

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ISS Solar Array Retraction Resumes
14 June 2007 12:31 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON --Astronauts aboard NASA?s shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Stationare slowly reeling in the station?s Port 6 solar array.

 

?The firstbay looks pretty good,? said STS-117 mission specialist SunitaWilliams, referring to the array?s one mast section, or bay, that folded away.

 

Theretraction process began at 12:25 a.m. EDT (1625 GMT) and has hauled the115-foot (35-meter) array in by about two bays, leaving about 16 bays of themore than 30 bays. The array was almost half-furled at the start of today?sactivities.

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Astronauts Prepare to Resume Solar Array Retraction
14 June 2007 12:20 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON --Astronauts aboard NASA?s shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Stationare gearing up to once more attempt to retract a solar array outside theorbital laboratory.

 

The spaceflyers are waiting for the ISS to pass into daylightto retract the array, which reaches out towards starboard from the station?smast-like Port 6 array. Spacewalkers helped haul in the array about halfway onWednesday.

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Some Contact With Russian ISSComputers Restored
14 June 2007 8:54 a.m. EDT

HOUSTON --Russian flight controllers for the International Space Station (ISS) restoredcontact with a pair of vital computers aboard the orbital laboratory earlyThursday after a major failure left the outpost dependent on U.S. systems andNASA?s Atlantis shuttle for attitude control.

 

Meanwhile,the seven astronauts aboard Atlantis has been rousedfor the seventh day of their planned 13-day mission.

 

Clickhere for SPACE.com?s story on the crew?sactivities today.

 

In amorning status report, NASA ISS flight director Holly Ridings said efforts torecover the failed computers overnight appeared to payoff as engineersreactivated communications with a main computers in the station?s Russian-builtZvezda service module and the Zarya control module.

 

?It lookslike they?ve made a lot of progress overnight,? Ridings said on NASA TV. ?There?s some cleanup steps to do still, and someinvestigation.?

 

A fullreport will follow shortly.

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Russian Computer Crash May Extend Shuttle Mission
14 June 2007 12:56 a.m. EDT

HOUSTON --The loss of vital computers governing Russian systems aboard the InternationalSpace Station (ISS) has left the orbital laboratory dependent on U.S.-builtattitude control gyroscopes and NASA?s visiting Atlantis shuttle, missionmanagers said late Wednesday.

 

Thestation?s three-astronaut Expedition 15 crew and seven visiting Atlantis spaceflyers are relying on redundant U.S. systems to makeup for the loss, but the issue must be settled before the shuttle leaves theISS, they added.

 

A full reportwill be posted to the SPACE.com homepage shortly.

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Astronauts Complete Spacewalk OutsideISS
13 June 2007 9:46 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON - Spacewalkers Patrick Forresterand Steven Swanson have completed today?s spacewalk outside the InternationalSpace Station.

Total spacewalking time: 7 hours, 15 minutes.

A wrap up of today?s spacewalking activities will be posted tothe SPACE.com homepage following NASA?s planned post-spacewalk press conferenceslated to begin at 10:00 p.m. EDT.

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Spacewalkers Shut ISS Airlock Hatch
13 June 2007 9:41 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON - Spacewalkers PatrickForrester and Steven Swanson have shut the outer hatch of the space station?sQuest airlock and are now plugging their spacesuits into umbilical cables forfresh water, air and power.?

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Spacewalkers Reenter ISS Airlock
13 June 2007 9:24 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON - Spacewalkers PatrickForrester and Steven Swanson are reentering the space station?s Quest airlock.

The spacewalkers are nearing theend of their spacesuits? standard resources and will plug into umbilicals within Quest for fresh water, power and oxygen.Forrester has received an indicator that his suits? ability to scrub carbondioxide from the atmosphere is becoming saturated.

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Spacewalker?s Supplies Running Low
13 June 2007 9:16 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON - Spacewalker PatrickForrester will have to return to the International Space Station?s Questairlock to plug into an umbilical as his spacesuit?s carbon dioxide scrubbingcapability is running low, NASA officials said.

He and spacewalking partnerSteven Swanson are packing up tools and preparing to end their excursion.?

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