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STS-122 Atlantis - Flight Day #9 : EVA #3



EVA-3 : Rex Walheim & Stanley Love : BEGINS 07:40AM CST : ENDS 02:05PM CST

ATLANTIS / ISS CREW WAKE UP (begins FD 9) (ORBIT #120 :: 02:45AM CST)
EVA # 3 PREPARATIONS RESUME (ORBIT #121 :: 03:20AM CST)
ISS FLIGHT DIRECTOR UPDATE (ORBIT #122 :: 04:15AM CST)
COLUMBUS MODULE OUTFITTING CONTINUES (ORBIT #122 :: 05:00AM CST)
SSRMS TRANSFER OF SOLAR OBSERVATORY TO COLUMBUS (ORBIT #123 :: 07:40AM CST)
FAILED CMG-3 TRANSFER FROM ESP-2 TO ATLANTIS' PAYLOAD BAY (ORBIT #125 :: 10:35AM CST)
SSRMS TRANSFER OF EUTEF SCIENCE FACILITY TO COLUMBUS (ORBIT #126 :: 11:50AM CST)
MISSION STATUS BRIEFING (ORBIT #129 :: 03:30PM CST)
ISS CREW SLEEP BEGINS (ORBIT #130 :: 05:15PM CST)
ATLANTIS CREW SLEEP BEGINS (ORBIT #130 :: 05:45PM CST)

Third STS-122 Spacewalk in Progress :: The third STS-122 spacewalk is under way. Astronauts Rex Walheim and Stanley Love began their work outside the International Space Station at 8:07 a.m. EST today. With Mission Specialist Leland Melvin driving the space station's robotic arm, Love carried the SOLAR experiment package from space shuttle Atlantis’ payload bay to the European Space Agency’s Columbus laboratory where the spacewalkers installed it. SOLAR – the first of two payloads to be installed on Columbus’ exterior today – is an observatory that will monitor the sun for two years. The spacewalkers also are tasked with installing the European Technology Exposure Facility (EuTEF), which carries nine experiments requiring exposure to the space environment. EuTEF is being attached to Columbus’ exterior as well. In addition, Walheim and Love’s tasks include moving a failed control moment gyroscope from its storage location on the station to the orbiter’s payload bay for return to Earth. Pilot Alan Poindexter is guiding the spacewalkers from inside the orbiting complex. Atlantis and the STS-122 crew are scheduled to leave the space station on Monday, with undocking slated for 4:26 a.m. that day.

Astronauts Complete Spacewalk :: Astronauts Rex Walheim and Stanley Love completed the third STS-122 spacewalk at 3:32 p.m. EST Friday. The excursion lasted seven hours and 25 minutes. In this final scheduled spacewalk of the mission, Walheim and Love installed two payloads on the exterior of the European Space Agency’s Columbus laboratory. The first, SOLAR, is an observatory that will monitor the sun for two years. The second is the European Technology Exposure Facility, which will carry nine experiments requiring exposure to the space environment. With Mission Specialist Leland Melvin driving the space station's robotic arm, Love carried each of the experiment packages from space shuttle Atlantis’ payload bay to Columbus where the spacewalkers installed them. In addition, Walheim and Love – with the help of the station’s robot arm – moved a failed control moment gyroscope from its storage location on the station to the shuttle’s payload bay for return to Earth. The spacewalkers examined a small divot on a handrail near the Quest airlock to collect data on whether it could be a possible source for glove damage on recent spacewalks. They also installed handrails on Columbus. Pilot Alan Poindexter guided the spacewalkers from inside the orbiting complex. Atlantis and the STS-122 crew are scheduled to leave the space station on Monday, with undocking slated for 4:26 a.m. that day.

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