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STS-119 Mission Updates: Part 2

STS-119 Mission Updates: Part 2
Wing with a View: This camera view shows one of the two new starboard ISS solar wings deployed on March 20, 2009 by the STS-119 crew.
(Image: © NASA TV.)

Second Spacewalk Ends at ISS
21 March 2009 7:33 p.m. EDT

SpacewalkersSteven Swanson and Joseph Acaba have begun repressurizingthe Quest airlock aboard the International Space Station, officially endingtoday?s spacewalk work. The spacewalk ended at 7:21 p.m. EDT (2321 FMT)

Totalspacewalking time: 6 hours, 30 minutes.

Clickhere forSPACE.com?s wrap up of today?s work in orbit.

Swansonand Acaba installed a new GPS antenna on the station?s Japanese Kibo lab, performedcable maintenance on a control panel, prepared a solar array worksite forfuture maintenance and attempted to deploy a cargo carrier. They also conducteda photo survey of the station?s radiators, one of which is damaged.

Today is Flight Day 7 of Discovery?s 13-day STS-119mission to the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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 Return to Station Airlock
21 March 2009 7:20 p.m. EDT

SpacewalkersSteven Swanson and Joseph Acaba are back inside the Quest airlock of the InternationalSpace Station after spending more than six hours on maintenance work outside.

Today?sspacewalk began at 12:51 p.m. EDT (1651 GMT). The astronauts installed a newGPS antenna on the station?s Japanese Kibo lab, performed cable maintenanceon a control panel, prepared a solar array worksite for future maintenance andattempted to deploy a cargo carrier. They also conducted a photo survey of thestation?s radiators, one of which is damaged.

Clickhere forSPACE.com?s preview of today?s work in orbit.

Today is Flight Day 7 of Discovery?s 13-day STS-119mission to the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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 Secure Stubborn Cargo Carrier
21 March 2009 6:56 p.m. EDT

SpacewalkerSteven Swanson has returned to the site of the station?s portside cargocarrier, where a recalcitrant pin has prevented the platform from being fullydeployed.

Withtime running short, Swanson will secure the platform in place and then headback inside the station?s airlock. His spacewalking partner Joseph Acaba isalready returning to the airlock due to limitations on his consumables. He willwait for Swanson to end his work.

Today?sspacewalk began at 12:51 p.m. EDT (1651 GMT) and is slated to last about 6 1/2hours. It has just passed the 6-hour mark.

Clickhere forSPACE.com?s preview of today?s work in orbit.

Today is Flight Day 7 of Discovery?s 13-day STS-119mission to the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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 Tackle Final Tasks
21 March 2009 6:24 p.m. EDT

Asthey near the six-hour mark of today?s spacewalk outside the InternationalSpace Station, astronauts Steven Swanson and Joseph Acaba are set to tackletheir final tasks.

They will perform maintenance on a cable panel and securethe spare parts platform that they were unable to set up earlier.

Today?sspacewalk began at 12:51 p.m. EDT (1651 GMT) and is slated to last about 6 1/2hours.

Clickhere forSPACE.com?s preview of today?s work in orbit.

Today is Flight Day 7 of Discovery?s 13-day STS-119mission to the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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 Install Antenna, Scan Radiators
21 March 2009 5:50 p.m. EDT

SpacewalkerSteven Swanson is wrapping up work to install a new GPS antenna on the spacestation?s Japanese laboratory. His spacewalking partner Joseph Acaba is usingan infrared camera to take images and video of a damaged radiator on thestation?s starboard side.

Today?sspacewalk began at 12:51 p.m. EDT (1651 GMT) and is slated to last about 6 1/2hours.

Clickhere forSPACE.com?s preview of today?s work in orbit.

Today is Flight Day 7 of Discovery?s 13-day STS-119mission to the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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 Split Up for Chores
21 March 2009 5:19 p.m. EDT

SpacewalkersSteven Swanson and Joseph Acaba have now split up to tackletheir remaining tasks: radiator photography and the installation a GPSantenna on the outpost?s Japanese Kibo lab to help guide Japan?s first space freighter setto launch later this year.

Swansonwill install the antenna and perform maintenance work on some station cables.Acaba will use visible light camera, as well as an infrared camera, tophotograph the space station?s radiators, one of which is damaged.

Today?sspacewalk began at 12:51 p.m. EDT (1651 GMT) and is slated to last about 6 1/2hours.

Clickhere forSPACE.com?s preview of today?s work in orbit.

Today is Flight Day 7 of Discovery?s 13-day STS-119mission to the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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

Stuck Pin Thwarts Spare Parts Platform Move
21 March 2009 4:48 p.m. EDT

Astuck pin blocking attempts to deploy a swing-out spare parts platform outsidethe International Space Station has thwarted attemptsby spacewalkers to set up the cargo carrier.

?Idon?t think it?s moving right now, we need another plan,? spacewalker StevenSwanson said.

MissionControl has told Swanson and crewmate Joseph Acaba to move on to their othermajor chores, including some cable maintenance work,? photography of a damaged radiator and theinstallation of a new antenna to aid the arrival of Japan?s first spacefreighter later this year.

Theplanned set up of a second spare parts platform has been canceled due to delayswith the first one.

Today?sspacewalk began at 12:51 p.m. EDT (1651 GMT) and is slated to last about 6 1/2hours.

Clickhere forSPACE.com?s preview of today?s work in orbit.

Today is Flight Day 7 of Discovery?s 13-day STS-119mission to the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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 Tackle Stubborn Cargo Platform
21 March 2009 4:24 p.m. EDT

SpacewalkersSteven Swanson and Joseph Acaba are continuing work to set up a swing-out spareparts platform, as they work through some trouble with a stubborn pin.

Insidethe space station, astronaut Sandra Magnus has activated the outpost?s repairedurine recycling system and reported that it appears to be working fine. Today?stest is a dry run to make sure the device is working properly. If all goeswell, the system will be used to filter urine back into drinking water inanother test on Sunday.

Today?sspacewalk began at 12:51 p.m. EDT (1651 GMT) and is slated to last about 6 1/2hours.

Clickhere forSPACE.com?s preview of today?s work in orbit.

Today is Flight Day 7 of Discovery?s 13-day STS-119mission to the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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 Tackle Station?s Cargo Platform
21 March 2009 3:24 p.m. EDT

Nowworking in orbital night, spacewalkersSteven Swanson and Joseph Acaba are manhandling a swing-out spare partsplatform into place on the space station?s port side.

Theplatform is one of two the astronauts will set up during today?s spacewalk.Earlier, they loosened bolts and set up tools near the station?s oldest solararray batteries so future spacewalkers can have an easier job replacing laterthis year.

Today?sspacewalk began at 12:51 p.m. EDT (1651 GMT) and is slated to last about 6 1/2hours.

Clickhere forSPACE.com?s preview of today?s work in orbit.

Today is Flight Day 7 of Discovery?s 13-day STS-119mission to the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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 Prepare ISS Spare Parts Port
21 March 2009 3:04 p.m. EDT

SpacewalkersStevenSwanson and Joseph Acaba are working to set up one of the two attachmentpoints for the spare part platform sites they will be working at today.

Whilethey were preparing for the task, an alarm sounded as the space stationtemporarily lost attitude control when its U.S-built gyroscopes becameoverwhelmed. Soon after, the station was placed under the control of the dockedshuttle Discovery. The switch has not affected today?s spacewalk, but thespacewalkers heard the alarm in their spacesuit radios and asked for an update.

?That?swhat that was,? Acaba said after hearing the news. ?I thought something soundeddifferent.?

Today?sspacewalk began at 12:51 p.m. EDT (1651 GMT) and is slated to last about 6 1/2hours.

Clickhere forSPACE.com?s preview of today?s work in orbit.

Today is Flight Day 7 of Discovery?s 13-day STS-119mission to the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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 Complete ISS Battery Work
21 March 2009 2:24 p.m. EDT

SpacewalkersStevenSwanson and Joseph Acaba have wrapped up work to prepare the space station?soldest set of solar array batteries to be replaced on a future spacewalk andare gearing up for their next chore: setting up one of two cargo carrier portsthey will work on today.

Theastronauts will prepare the berthing spot for the arrival of a spare partsplatform, which is due at the station later this year.

Today?sspacewalk began at 12:51 p.m. EDT (1651 GMT) and is slated to last about 6 1/2hours.

Clickhere forSPACE.com?s preview of today?s work in orbit.

Today is Flight Day 7 of Discovery?s 13-day STS-119mission to the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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 Work on Station?s Port Edge
21 March 2009 1:48 p.m. EDT

SpacewalkersStevenSwanson and Joseph Acaba are working at to the port edge of theInternational?s Space Station?s 356-foot (108-meter) metal spine.

Theastronauts are at the space station?s Port 6 truss, a solar array segment,where they plan to loosen a set of battery bolts so the batteries can be easilyreplaced by future spacewalkers. They are also setting up foot restraints andother tools for that future maintenance job.

Clickhere forSPACE.com?s preview of today?s work in orbit.

Today is Flight Day 7 of Discovery?s 13-day STS-119mission to the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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 Reboot Spacesuit, Exit Station
21 March 2009 1:12 p.m. EDT

AstronautSteven Swanson just rebooted his spacesuit for today?sspacewalk, powering its fan and communications off for about seven secondsand then switching everything back on after a brief glitch with one of hiselectronic displays.

?I?vegot a good display,? Swanson said. ?Fantastic.?

Heand spacewalking partner Joseph Acaba and have exited the space station?s Questairlock.

?Joe,great seeing you outside, welcome to EVA,? said astronaut Richard Arnold II,who is choreographing the spacewalk from inside Discovery, using NASA?s termfor spacewalking.

?Thankyou,? Acaba called back.

Today?sspacewalk is the first for Acaba, who is making his first spaceflight. It isthe fourth for veteran spacewalker Swanson.

Clickhere forSPACE.com?s preview of today?s work in orbit.

Today is Flight Day 7 of Discovery?s 13-day STS-119mission to the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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

Second Spacewalk Begins at ISS
21 March 2009 12:59 p.m. EDT

AstronautsSteven Swanson and Joseph Acaba have officially begunthe second spacewalk of the shuttle Discovery?s mission to theInternational Space Station.

Thespacewalk began at 12:51 p.m. EDT (1651 GMT) and is expected to run about 6 1/2hours. The astronauts have a wide variety of chores to prepare the station forfuture assembly.

Clickhere forSPACE.com?s preview of today?s work in orbit.

Today is Flight Day 7 of Discovery?s 13-day STS-119mission to the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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

Astronauts Depressurize Airlock for Spacewalk
21 March 2009 12:36 p.m. EDT

Cladin bulky NASA spacesuits, Discovery shuttle astronauts Steven Swanson andJoseph Acaba are depressurizing the Quest airlock on the International SpaceStation as they prepareto begin today?s spacewalk, the second of their mission.

Today?sspacewalk is due to begin at 12:43 p.m. EDT (1643 GMT) and last about 6 1/2 hours. Theastronauts have a laundry list of maintenance and construction chores on theirdocket.

Clickhere forSPACE.com?s preview of today?s work in orbit.

Today is Flight Day 7 of Discovery?s 13-day STS-119mission to the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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

Astronauts Prepare for Second Spacewalk
21 March 2009 11:56 a.m. EDT

Discoveryshuttle astronauts Steven Swanson and Joseph Acaba are pushing ahead with plansto begin today?sspacewalk outside the International Space Station for a series ofmaintenance chores.

Theastronauts are strapping into emergency rocket packs, which would be used tofly back to the space station in the very remote chance they are separated fromthe structure.

Today?sspacewalk is due to begin at 12:43 p.m. EDT (1643 GMT) and last about 6 1/2 hours.

Clickhere forSPACE.com?s preview of today?s work in orbit.

Today is Flight Day 7 of Discovery?s 13-day STS-119mission to the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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

Astronauts Suit Up for Spacewalk
21 March 2009 11:06 a.m. EDT

Discovery shuttle astronauts Steven Swanson and Joseph Acabahave climbed into their NASA-issue spacesuits as they prepare to step outsidethe International Space Station on the secondspacewalk of their mission.

Theastronauts are due to begin their work at about 12:43 p.m. EDT (1643 GMT) andhave a laundry list of construction and maintenance chores to do. It will bethe fourth career spacewalk for veteran spaceflyer Swanson and the first forAcaba, who is? aformer schoolteacherand makinghis first spaceflight.

Clickhere forSPACE.com?s preview of today?s work in orbit.

Today is Flight Day 7 of Discovery?s 13-day STS-119mission to the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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

Astronaut Wake Up to Pilgrim and Trout
21 March 2009 7:52 a.m. EDT

Astronautsaboard the space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station arestarting the day for whatwill be their second spacewalk.

Clickhere forSPACE.com?s preview of today?s work in orbit.

MissionControl roused the shuttle crew at about 7:53 a.m. EDT (1153 GMT) with the song?In a Little While? by the band Pilgrim and Trout. The tune was selected forDiscovery mission specialist and formerschoolteacher Richard Arnold II.

?Goodmorning, Discovery! And a special good morning to Ricky,? astronaut Janice Vossradioed up from Mission Control.

?Goodmorning, Houston, and thanks to Eloise, Carrie and Jess for the song,? Arnoldcalled back. ?We?re ready for another great day on orbit.?

Arnoldwill choreograph today?s spacewalk by astronauts Steven Swanson and JosephAcaba, which is set to begin at about 12:43 p.m. EDT (1643 GMT). It is FlightDay 7 of Discovery?s13-day mission.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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

Astronauts Camp Out for Spacewalk
21 March 2009 1:17 a.m. EDT

Discoveryshuttle astronautsSteven Swanson and Joseph Acaba are camping out in the Quest airlock aboardthe International Space Station to prepare of a planned Saturday spacewalk.

Thecamp out allows Swanson and Acaba to sleep under a lower pressure than the restof the station and docked shuttle. It allows them to purge nitrogen from theirbodies to prevent getting the bends during their spacewalk.

Saturday?sspacewalk is set to begin at 12:43 p.m. EDT (1643 GMT) and due to run about 61/2 hours. It is aimed at preparing the spacestation for future construction.

Theastronauts are due to awaken at 7:43 a.m. EDT (1143 GMT).

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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

Astronauts Tackle Space Urine Recycler Fix
20 March 2009 7:26 p.m. EDT

Withthe space station?s newsolar wings successfully deployed, astronauts inside have tuned theirattention over to much-needed repairs.

Discoveryshuttle astronaut Sandra Magnus is replacing a urine distillation assembly usedto filter urine back into pure drinking water. The processor broke down in lateDecember and is part of a larger system designed to recycler astronaut urine,sweat and cabin condensation back into potable water for drinking, foodpreparation and technical uses.

Today is Flight Day 6 of Discovery?s 13-day missionto the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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?s Solar Wings Unfurled
20 March 2009 1:25 p.m. EDT

Bothof the international Space Station?s new solar arrays havebeen successful deployed, marking the completion of the orbitinglaboratory?s power grid.

?Aninitial look looks good for the full deployment,? Discovery shuttle skipper LeeArchambault radioed down to Mission Control.

?Tremendousnews, great work guys,? Mission Control called back. ?You?ve got a whole bunchof happy people down here as well.?

Today?ssolar array deployment began at 11:06 a.m. EDT (1506 GMT) and ended at 1:17p.m. EDT (1717 GMT). It last just over 2 hours, less than half time NASAplanned for the extension.

Awrap up of today?s work so far will be posted to the SPACE.com homepage.

Clickhere forSPACE.com?s look at today?s solar wing expansion.

Today is Flight Day 6 of Discovery?s 13-day missionto the space station.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery?s STS-119 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

Astronauts Begin Second New ISS Wing Stretch
20 March 2009 12:43 p.m. EDT

Thesecond of two new solar wings for the InternationalSpace Station is now being unfurled to its halfway mark as today?s solararray extension continues.

Likeits counterpart earlier, the wing was extended to the midpoint of its full115-foot (35-meter) length and will now bake in the sun to reduce the amount ofsticking between its individual folds.

Clickhere forSPACE.com?s look at today?s solar wing expansion.

Today is Flight Day 6 of Discovery?s 13-day missionto the spa

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