Spacewalkers Wrap Up Marathon Space Station Repair

Spacewalkers Wrap Up Marathon Space Station Repair
STS-126 spacewalkers Steve Bowen and Shane Kimbrough head out on the fourth spacewalk of their mission to the ISS on Nov. 24, 2008.
(Image: © NASA TV.)

Shuttle Endeavour Lands Safely in California
30 November 2008 4:30 p.m. EST

Shuttle Endeavour has safely landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, ending a 16-day mission to the International Space Station.

Endeavour touched down at 4:25 p.m. EST (2125 GMT) at the back-up landing site in California's Mojave Desert where weather conditions were perfect for the spaceplane's return.

STS-126 commander Chris Ferguson and pilot Eric Boe guided the Orbiter on its fiery plunge through the atmosphere and hour-long free-fall descent back to Earth, then precisely executed a series of turns and banking maneuvers to slow the vehicle for its powerless landing on the 12,000-foot long asphalt/concrete temporary Runway 04 on Rogers Dry Lake in the high desert of California's Antelope Valley.

Endeavour was diverted to the West Coast alternate landing site when continued instability in the Florida weather – low clouds and thunderstorms within 30 nautical miles of the Shuttle Landing Facility - forced NASA to wave-off both of today's possible landing opportunities at the Kennedy Space Center.

STS-126 delivered a new flight engineer, Sandra Magnus, to join the ISS Expedition 18 crew, and returned ISS flight engineer Greg Chamitoff to Earth after a six-month stay in orbit. STS-126 mission specialists are Steve Bowen (who also served as Endeavour's flight engineer), Shane Kimbrough, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Donald Pettit.
 
STS-126 is the 52nd space shuttle mission to land at the California landing site. STS-126 also marked Endeavour's 22nd mission, the 27th shuttle flight to the International Space Station and the 124th flight in shuttle program history.
The Orbiter will now be ferried back to the Kennedy Space Center on the back of a specially-modified 747 airliner, a procedure that takes about a week at a cost of $1 million.

NASA is broadcasting Endeavour’s STS-126 mission to the International Space Station on NASA TV. Click here for SPACE.com's NASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page 

-- Roger Guillemette

Shuttle Endeavour Lands Safely
30 November 2008 4:25 p.m. EST

The Shuttle has landed safely at Edward's Air Force Base in California.

-- SPACE.com Staff

Shuttle Endeavor Nearly Home. California Landing Imminent
30 November 2008 4:17 p.m. EST

Space shuttle Endeavour is on final approach for a landing at Edwards AFB, California. Touchdown is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. EST (2125 GMT) and weather conditions are ideal for the spaceplane’s return to Earth. All spacecraft systems are functioning normally and the vehicle is being tracked by radar and infrared cameras at the landing site.

Endeavour will soon cross the Southern California coast near Los Angeles on its landing trajectory to Edwards AFB. STS-126 commander Chris Ferguson, pilot Eric Boe and flight engineer Steve Bowen have completed a series of four banking maneuvers, known as 'roll reversals,' that slowed the 223,422-pound Orbiter’s velocity and dissipated heat from the vehicle’s protective tiles.

Endeavour will make a left overhead turn in the skies above the Mojave Desert, followed by a long gliding approach to temporary runway 04 on Rogers Dry Lake – a southwest-to-northeast concrete/asphalt runway 12,000 feet in length, 200 feet wide.
NASA astronaut Pam Melroy has been flying landing approaches in the Shuttle Training Aircraft – a specially modified Gulfstream jet that simulates the shuttle's handling characteristics – evaluating the weather conditions that Endeavour will encounter on its final approach and landing.

NASA is broadcasting Endeavour’s STS-126 mission to the International Space Station on NASA TV. Click here for SPACE.com's NASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page. 

-- SPACE.com Staff

Shuttle Heads Toward Clear California Skies for Landing
30 November 2008 3:54 p.m. EST

Shuttle Endeavour is now transitioning from spacecraft to aircraft, encountering the upper fringes of Earth's atmosphere - known as 'Entry Interface' - at about 400,000 feet above the South Pacific Ocean as it begins its fiery descent and a long, gliding approach to the alternate landing site at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

Landing on temporary Runway 04 – the southwest-to-northeast runway – on Rogers Dry Lake in the Mojave Desert is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. EST (2125 GMT). All spacecraft systems are performing as expected.

With the heat on its Thermal Protection System tiles building to 2,500 degrees F, Endeavour is headed on a northeasterly course over the Pacific Ocean toward the Southern California coast, then making its descent over the high desert on its final approach for landing.

STS-126 mission commander Chris Ferguson and pilot Eric Boe completed a 2-minute, 54-second firing of Endeavour's twin Orbital Maneuvering System engines, reducing the Orbiter's velocity sufficiently to drop it out of orbit and begin its hour-long free-fall descent back to Earth. Ferguson and Boe will pilot the 223,422-pound spaceplane through a series of turns and banking maneuvers, known as 'roll reversals', to slow the vehicle for its powerless touchdown at Edwards AFB.

Weather conditions at the landing site are near-ideal for a shuttle landing, with light breezes and a few scattered clouds. NASA astronaut Pam Melroy continues to fly the Shuttle Training Aircraft on practice landing approaches to temporary Runway 04 and relaying her observations to flight controllers.

Edwards AFB temporary Runway 04 – a concrete/asphalt runway 12,000 feet in length, 200 feet wide – is adequate for a shuttle landing but considerably shorter and narrower than the main runway normally used. The primary Shuttle landing runway at Edwards AFB has recently undergone a major refurbishment and NASA managers felt there was insufficient time to restore the landing lights and navigation aids to support STS-126, so a decision was made to retain use of the temporary runway for this mission.

NASA is broadcasting Endeavour’s STS-126 mission to the International Space Station on NASA TV. Click here for SPACE.com's NASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page 

-- Roger Guillemette

Shuttle Slows on Way Through Atmosphere
30 November 2008 3:40 p.m. EST

The shuttle has slowed to 16,500 mph and continues to slow as it continues its descent toward California.

Shuttle Endeavour Heads Toward California Landing
30 November 2008 3:30 p.m. EST

Space shuttle Endeavour ignited its braking rockets to initiate a fiery plunge through Earth's atmosphere and begin a long, gliding descent to the backup landing site - Edwards AFB, California.

Endeavour is scheduled to touch down at 4:25 p.m. EST (2125 GMT) and weather conditions in the Mojave Desert are ideal for the spaceplane's approach and landing in the mid-afternoon sunshine, about 3 hours before sunset (local time).

STS-126 mission commander Chris Ferguson and pilot Eric Boe just completed a two minute, 54 second firing of Endeavour's twin Orbital Maneuvering System engines that began at 3:19:29 p.m. EST (2019:19 GMT), reducing the shuttle's velocity by about 300 feet/second (approx. 204 miles/hour), sufficient to drop it out of orbit and begin an hour-long free-fall descent back to Earth. At the time of the de-orbit burn, Endeavour was orbiting about 220 miles above the Indian Ocean, just to the north of Madagascar.

Ferguson and Boe will precisely execute a series of turns and banking maneuvers to bleed-off excess speed and slow the Orbiter for its powerless landing. Endeavour will cross the California coast near Los Angeles on its descent and will then make a left overhead turn in the skies above the Mojave Desert, followed by a long gliding approach to temporary runway 04 on Rogers Dry Lake – a southwest-to-northeast concrete/asphalt runway, 12,000 feet in length and 200 feet wide.

Endeavour was diverted to the West Coast after unstable weather conditions forced NASA to wave-off both of today's landing opportunities at Florida's Kennedy Space Center.

NASA is broadcasting Endeavour’s STS-126 mission to the International Space Station on NASA TV. Click here for SPACE.com's NASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page 

-- Roger Guillemette

Shuttle De-orbrit Burn Done; Endeavour on Way Home
30 November 2008 3:24 p.m. EST

The de-orbit began on schedule. Engines were fired for two minutes, 54 seconds to slow the spacecraft by about 300 feet/second (about 204 mph) to initiate its descent through the atmosphere. Mission control reported a good burn. Landing is planned for 4:25 p.m. EST (2125 GMT) at Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert.

-- SPACE.com Staff

Endeavour Cleared for California Landing
30 November 2008 3:05 p.m. EST

Shuttle Endeavour has been cleared for a landing this afternoon in the high desert of California.

Flight Director Bryan Lunney just gave the ‘Go for De-Orbit Burn’ command for STS-126 commander Chris Ferguson and pilot Eric Boe to fire the Orbiter's engines at 3:19:29 p.m. EST (2019:19 GMT), culminating in a 4:25 p.m. EST (2125 GMT) touchdown at the shuttle's alternate landing strip, Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert.

Endeavour’s pair of Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS) engines will fire for two minutes, 54 seconds to slow the spacecraft by about 300 feet/second (about 204 mph) to initiate its descent through the atmosphere.

Weather conditions at Edwards AFB are ideal for a landing attempt this afternoon, with sunny skies, a few scattered clouds and light winds of 6 knots gusting to 11 knots. Endeavour was diverted to the California landing site when continued instability in the Florida weather – low clouds, atmospheric turbulence and thunderstorms within 30 nautical miles of the Shuttle Landing Facility - forced NASA to wave-off both of today's possible landing opportunities at the Kennedy Space Center.

The STS-126 crew recently completed "fluid loading," a process where the astronauts drink quantities of fluids laced with salt and electrolytes to rehydrate themselves in preparation for their return to Earth's gravity.

Endeavour will cross the California coast near Los Angeles on its approach to Edwards AFB. The Orbiter will make a left overhead turn in the skies above the Mojave Desert, followed by a long gliding approach to temporary runway 04 – a southwest-to-northeast concrete/asphalt runway 12,000 feet in length, 200 feet wide – adequate for a shuttle landing but considerably shorter and narrower than the main runway normally used. The primary Shuttle landing runway at Edwards AFB has recently undergone a major refurbishment and NASA managers felt there was insufficient time to restore the landing lights and navigation aids to support STS-126, so a decision was made to retain use of the temporary runway for this mission.

STS-126 will be the 52nd space shuttle mission to land at the California facility.

NASA is broadcasting Endeavour’s STS-126 mission to the International Space Station on NASA TV. Click here for SPACE.com's NASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page 

-- Roger Guillemette

Endeavour De-orbit Burn Slated for 3:19 p.m. EST
30 November 2008 12:58 p.m. EST

Space shuttle Endeavour will land in California this afternoon after flight controllers determined that weather conditions in Florida will remain too unstable to reasonably attempt a landing there tomorrow.

An unacceptable combination of low clouds, stiff crosswinds, atmospheric turbulence and thunderstorms forced NASA to wave-off both of today’s landing opportunities at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.

Endeavour commander Chris Ferguson and pilot Eric Boe are now slated to fire the shuttle’s Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS) engines for the de-orbit burn at 3:19 p.m. EST (2019 GMT), resulting in a 4:25 p.m. EST (2125 GMT) touchdown at its alternate landing strip, Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert.

A near-perfect forecast at Edwards AFB – light winds with just a few scattered clouds – convinced Flight Director Bryan Lunney to forego the potential for a Florida landing tomorrow; instead, directing the STS-126 crew to begin preparations for a landing later today in the high desert of California.

NASA is broadcasting Endeavour’s STS-126 mission to the International Space Station on NASA TV. Click here for SPACE.com's NASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page 

-- Roger Guillemette

1st Landing Opportunity Waved Off
30 November 2008 9:25 a.m. EST

The first landing opportunity of 1:19 p.m. EST landing is off due to crosswinds gusting up to about 19 knots at the Kennedy Space Center runway.

Mission controllers will continue to watch the weather. Final landing preparations, including closing the payload bay doors, were delayed, while other preparations continued. The earliest landing would be 2:54 p.m. EST at Kennedy, but no firm decision was made about whether to land there or later today in California -- or possibly wait and try for Florida tomorrow.

Mission controllers asked the crew to turn off a flash evaporator system, which vents the water out as steam, to conserve water in case of a later landing time.

NASA is broadcasting Endeavour’s STS-126 mission to the International Space Station on NASA TV. Click here for SPACE.com's NASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page 

- SPACE.com Staff

Landing Day: Astronauts are Up
30 November 2008 8:36 a.m. EST

The Space Shuttle STS-126 crew members were awakened at 4:55 a.m. EST by the music "Gonna Fly Now" for what is scheduled to be landing day. The two landing opportunities at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., are for 1:19 p.m. EST and 2:54 p.m. Forecasts say rain, perhaps thunderstorms and crosswinds could prevent a landing there. Two additional landing opportunities are available today at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., at 4:25 p.m. EST and 6 p.m.

- SPACE.com Staff

Astronauts Stow the Cabin
29 November 2008 10:55 a.m. EST

Space Shuttle Endeavour's astronauts were awakened at 3:55 a.m. CST by "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." Cabin stowage began a few hours later.

They will deploy a Pico Satellite Solar Cell Testbed this afternoon. They will release springs that will push the Defense Department’s Picosat into space from the cargo bay. It will orbit for several months to test new types of solar cells. They'll participate in space-to-ground interviews with reporters from CNN and two local stations.

NASA will hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. EST to discuss the mission status and another at 3:30 p.m. EST to discuss strategy for deorbit and landing.

- SPACE.com Staff

Astronauts to Move Shuttle Cargo Module
25 November 2008 1:30 p.m. EST

Endeavourshuttle astronauts are preparingto move their 4.5-ton Leonardo cargo module back into the orbiter?s payloadbay.

Thecrew will use the space station?s robotic arm to pluck the cargo pod free ofits Earth-facingberth on the station?s Harmony connecting node, then move it down intoEndeavour?s payload bay for the return trip to Earth.

Hatchclosure was set for 11:10 a.m. EST (1610 GMT), with unberthing slated for 4:05p.m. EST (2105 GMT). Leonard should be tucked in aboard Endeavour by around6:20 p.m. EST (2320 GMT).

MissionControl roused Endeavour?s crew this morning with the song ?North Sea Oil? byJethro Tull. It was played for Endeavour mission specialist Steve Bowen.

NASA is broadcasting Endeavour?s STS-126 mission to the International SpaceStation on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page 

- Tariq Malik

Station Solar Wing Gear Does Well in Test
25 November 2008 10:18 a.m. EST

Thefirst three-hour test of the International Space Station?s refurbishedsolar array-turning gear is complete and apparently gone well.

Itofficially started at about 5:55 a.m. EST (1055 GMT), with the gear trackingthe sun for about two orbits. The gear appeared to work smoother and draw lesspower than it did before the Endeavour crew?s four spacewalks to clean andlubricate it.

Meanwhile,newtests of the station?s urine recycler are continue to go well.

Endeavour?sshuttle crew awoke today to the song ?Fever? performed by the band Bandela andsung by Micki Pettit for her husband, mission specialist Don Pettit.

?Hey that was great music,? saidPettit. ?It?s always great to wake up to the sound of Bandela and the sound ofyour wife singing.?

NASA is broadcasting Endeavour?s STS-126 mission to the International SpaceStation on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page 

- Tariq Malik

Station Begins Test of Solar Array-Turning Gear
25 November 2008 6:26 a.m. EST

Avital checkof the refurbished starboard solar array-turning gear is under way at the InternationalSpace Station to test its ability to track the sun for a three-hour period, ortwo orbits around the Earth.

Thetest began at 5:55 a.m. EST (1055 GMT), with flight controllers commanding thegear to begin rotating the station?s starboard solar arrays from MissionControl in Houston. It?s the first test since the completion late Monday of afour-spacewalk tune-up to replace damaged bearings, lubricate the gear andclean metal grit from its turning surface.

Sofar the test is going well, with the gear drawing less power than it did beforethe repair. It is still drawing more power than the station?s functioning portside gear.

Thestation crew and Endeavour shuttle astronauts are currently sleeping. MissionControl arranged the test at this time to minimize the amount of internalvibration from working crewmembers.

Meanwhile,newtests of the station?s urine recycler are also apparently continuing to gowell.

NASA is broadcasting Endeavour?s STS-126 mission to the International SpaceStation on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page 

- Tariq Malik

Space Station Urine Recycler Runs Full Test
25 November 2008 12:23 a.m. EST

TheInternational Space Station?s urine recycler, which takes astronaut urine anddistills it back into drinkable water, has run its full 4-hour test processto the delight of astronauts and engineers.

?Notto spoil it, but I think up here we?re feeling ? the appropriate words are?Yippee,?? station commander Michael Fincke said.

?There?ll be dancing later,? Mission Control joked.

Themachine is designed to spend about 4 hours distilling water from astronauturine, but was shutting down after only 2 hours earlier. It ran about 3.5 hourson Saturday before shutting down.

Sofar, the urine recycler has been running since about 8:06 p.m. EST (0106 Nov.25 GMT). Fincke said it made a few noises like a ?washing machine in a spincycle? for a short time but then went back to normal.

MissionControl is hoping to run the machine for 5 hours tonight, and then turn it offfor a 3-hour cool down.

?Ithink if we can get past the 4-hour mark, I think we?re going to be good,? saidEndeavour astronaut Don Pettit, who helped make repairs to the system.

NASA is broadcasting Endeavour?s STS-126 mission to the International SpaceStation on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page 

- Tariq Malik

Space Station Urine Recycler Test Under Way
25 November 2008 12:03 a.m. EST

NASAengineers and astronauts are keeping a close eye on the International SpaceStation?s new urine recycler, whichis being tested once more after new modifications were made Monday.

?Itlooks like we are still spinning and it?s been 3 hours and 18 minutes orsomething like that,? station skipper Michael Fincke said.

Themachine is designed to spend about 4 hours distilling water from astronauturine, but was shutting down after only 2 hours earlier. It ran about 3.5 hourson Saturday before shutting down.

Sofar, the urine recycler has been running since about 8:06 p.m. EST (0106 Nov.25 GMT). Fincke said it made a few noises like a ?washing machine in a spin cycle?for a short time but then went back to normal.

MissionControl is hoping to run the machine for 5 hours tonight, then turn it off fora 3-hour cool down.

?Ithink if we can get past the 4-hour mark, I think we?re going to be good,? saidEndeavour astronaut Don Pettit, who helped make repairs to the system.

NASA is broadcasting Endeavour?s STS-126 mission to the International SpaceStation on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page 

- Tariq Malik

Fourth Spacewalk Ends at Space Station
24 November 2008 7:42 p.m. EST

SpacewalkersSteve Bowen and Shane Kimbrough have begun repressurizing the Quest airlockaboard the International Space Station, officially ending today?sorbital work at 7:31 p.m. EST (0031 Nov. 25 GMT).

Totalspacewalking time: 6 hours, 7 minutes.

Today?sspacewalk began at 1:24 p.m. EST (1824 GMT) and was expected to last about 61/2 hours, but flight controllers ordered Kimbrough back inside early due toelevated levels of carbon dioxide in his spacesuit.

Thespacewalkers completed all their assigned tasks, including completing aclean-and-grease job on the space station?s starboard solar array-turningjoint, lubricating its portside counterpart as a precaution, and preparing thestation?s Japanese Kibo lab for the arrival of an external platform andunmanned Japanese cargo ship next year.

Awrap up of today?s spacewalk will be posted to SPACE.com?s home page shortly.

Clickhere for a lookat today?s work at the space station.

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- Tariq Malik

Spacewalkers Return to Station Airlock
24 November 2008 7:25 p.m. EST

SpacewalkersSteve Bowen and Shane Kimbrough are back in side the space station?s airlockafter completing all their assigned tasks today.

Today?sspacewalk began at 1:24 p.m. EST (1824 GMT) and was expected to last about 61/2 hours, but flight controllers ordered Kimbrough back inside the Questairlock a bit early due to elevated levels of carbon dioxide in his spacesuit.

Clickhere for a lookat today?s work at the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Endeavour?s STS-126 mission to the International SpaceStation on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page 

- Tariq Malik

Spacewalkers Wrap Up Station Gear Work
24 November 2008 7:05 p.m. EST

SpacewalkersSteve Bowen and Shane Kimbrough have finished their work to lubricate the spacestation?s port side solar array-turning gear, with Kimbrough headed back to theairlock due to elevated carbon dioxide later.

Kimbroughis not in any danger, but Mission Control wants him to rest so his spacesuitair scrubber can extra have time to filter his air, NASA said.

Clickhere for a lookat today?s work at the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Endeavour?s STS-126 mission to the International SpaceStation on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page 

- Tariq Malik

Spacewalker Takes a Break Outside Station
24 November 2008 6:25 p.m. EST

MissionControl ordered spacewalker Shane Kimbrough to take a short break while he wrapsup work on the space station?s port side solar array-turning gear afterspotting rising levels of carbon dioxide within his spacesuit.

Kimbroughrested for a short period until the levels dropped back down, then returned tohis task of replacing covers over the port side gear. He head greased up theentire gear earlier in today?s spacewalk.?

?Lookslike Shane taking a break did the trick,? Mission Control said.

Today?sspacewalk began at 1:24 p.m. EST (1824 GMT) and is expected to last about 6 1/2hours, but flight controllers would like to have Kimbrough back inside theQuest airlock at about 6 hours, spacewalk elapsed time.

Clickhere for a lookat today?s work at the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Endeavour?s STS-126 mission to the International SpaceStation on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page 

- Tariq Malik

Spacewalkers Continue Work Outside Station
24 November 2008 5:57 p.m. EST

SpacewalkersSteve Bowen and Shane Kimbrough are continuing their orbital work for today?sspacewalk outside the International Space Station.

Kimbroughis methodically lubricating the station?s port side solar array gear in apreventative maintenance step. The starboard side gear, which has been damaged,was lubricated and received its last new bearing earlier today.

?Youguys are doing super out there,? said Endeavour shuttle pilot Eric Boe, who ischoreographing the work.

Bowenis wrapping up work installing antennas atop the station?s Japanese Kibo lab.

Today?sspacewalk began at 1:24 p.m. EST (1824 GMT) and is expected to last about 6 1/2hours.

Clickhere for a lookat today?s work at the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Endeavour?s STS-126 mission to the International SpaceStation on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page 

- Tariq Malik

Spacewalkers Grease UpStation Gear, Install Antenna
24 November 2008 5:17 p.m. EST

SpacewalkersSteve Bowen and Shane Kimbrough are moving onto to more tasks for today?sspacewalk outside theInternational Space Station.

Kimbroughhas returned to the space station?s port side Solar Array Rotary Joint tocontinue preventative maintenance to lubricate the 10-foot (3-meter) wide gear.Meanwhile, Bowen has climbed atop the space station?s massive Kibo laboratory,where he?ll install a GPS antenna to aid the navigation of a new unmannedJapanese cargo ship to launch toward the space station next year.

Today?sspacewalk began at 1:24 p.m. EST (1824 GMT) and is expected to last about 6 1/2hours.

Clickhere for a lookat today?s work at the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Endeavour?s STS-126 mission to the International SpaceStation on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page 

- Tariq Malik

Spacewalk Passes 3-Hour Mark at ISS
24 November 2008 4:40 p.m. EST

SpacewalkersSteve Bowen and Shane Kimbrough have passed the three-hour mark of their workoutside the International Space Station, but have already completed one oftheir major tasks.

Bowenis ahead of schedule after completing the clean-and-grease work on the spacestation?s starboard side gear. He is closing a stuck latch on a berthingmechanism outside the station's Japanese's Kibo lab.

Kimbroughis just about on his schedule as he works to install a video camera to aid inbetter views a new Japanese cargo ship due to arrive year.

Clickhere for a lookat today?s work at the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Endeavour?s STS-126 mission to the International SpaceStation on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page 

- Tariq Malik

Spacewalker Completes Space Station Gear Clean Up
24 November 2008 4:09 p.m. EST

SpacewalkerSteve Bowen has completed the last clean-and-grease job on the InternationalSpace Station?s clogged starboard Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ). The worktook four spacewalks to complete by Bowen and his crewmates with MissionControl echoing with applause.

?Finally!? Bowen said at 3:55 p.m. EST (2055 GM), about

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