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STS-124 Discovery - Flight Day #9: EVA #3


[RTF-1]-STS-114 Discovery • [RTF-2]-STS-121 Discovery
[01]-STS-115 Atlantis • [02]-STS-116 Discovery • [03]-STS-117 Atlantis
[04]-STS-118 Endeavour • [05]-STS-120 Discovery • [06]-STS-122 Atlantis
[07]-STS-123 Endeavour • [08]-STS-124 Discovery • [09]-STS-125 Atlantis
[10]-STS-126 Endeavour • [11]-STS-119 Discovery • [12]-STS-127 Endeavour
[13]-STS-128 Discovery • [14]-STS-129 Endeavour • [15]-STS-130 Discovery
[16]-STS-131 Endeavour • [17]-STS-132 Discovery • [18]-STS-133 Endeavour
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EVA #3 PREPARATIONS RESUME (ORBIT #120 :: 05:12AM CDT)
EVA #3 BEGINS (ORBIT #123 :: 09:32AM CDT)
OLD S1 NTA REMOVAL / NEW NTA RETRIEVAL FROM ESP-3 (ORBIT #123 :: 10:07AM CDT)
NEW S1 NTA INSTALLATION (ORBIT #124 :: 11:27AM CDT)
JEM RMS MLI REMOVAL AND LAUNCH LOCK RETRIEVAL (ORBIT #124 :: 12:27PM CDT)
PORT TRUSS CAMERA INSTALLATION (ORBIT #125 :: 01:42PM CDT)
EVA #3 ENDS (ORBIT #127 :: 03:52PM CDT)
MISSION STATUS BRIEFING (ORBIT #128 :: 06:00PM CDT)
ISS CREW SLEEP BEGINS (ORBIT #129 :: 07:32PM CDT)
DISCOVERY CREW SLEEP BEGINS (ORBIT #130 :: 08:02PM CDT)

STS-124 MCC Status Report #16 :: 5:30 a.m. CDT :: HOUSTON – Astronauts Mike Fossum and Ron Garan are prepared this morning to conduct the third and final spacewalk of Discovery’s mission to the International Space Station. Fossum and Garan will focus their attention on changing out a nitrogen tank assembly on the station’s starboard truss. They will retrieve the new tank from a storage platform on the port truss. Garan will be riding the station’s arm back and forth as he moves the tank into place. The ride should be spectacular. Garan, holding the large depleted tank assembly, will ride the fully extended Canadarm2 from the tank's installation area on the starboard truss to its stowage area on the port truss, and then ride back with the new tank assembly. The ride has been dubbed the "windshield wiper maneuver." The two astronauts also will remove some of the launch locks and insulation from the robotic arm that is located on Kibo. They also will work to install the port truss camera that was retrieved during the second spacewalk of the mission. The crew worked to repair that camera yesterday inside the station in advance of today’s spacewalk. If time and logistics allow, Fossum will perform another inspection of the port solar alpha rotary joint (SARJ). His attention will be on retrieving some samples of the grease lines that he saw during the second spacewalk of the mission. The crew was awakened this morning at 4:32 a.m. by the theme music from “The Mickey Mouse Club.” The next status report will be issued at the end of the crew day, or earlier if events warrant.

STS-124 MCC Status Report #17 :: 6 p.m. CDT :: HOUSTON – Astronauts Mike Fossum and Ron Garan completed the third and final spacewalk of Discovery’s mission to the International Space Station. During the six-hour, 33-minute spacewalk, Fossum and Garan accomplished all of the planned objectives as well as many extra tasks. It began at 8:55 a.m. and concluded at 3:28 p.m. Together they replaced a nitrogen tank on the station’s starboard truss with a new one. Garan worked from the end of the station robotic arm, operated by astronauts Karen Nyberg and Akihiko Hoshide. From there the spacewalkers moved onto separate tasks. Fossum returned to the port Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ) that he had inspected during the second spacewalk. He took samples of particulate matter from inside the joint, using a strip of tape that will be returned to Earth for engineers to analyze. He then removed thermal insulation from the Kibo robotic arm's wrist and elbow cameras and launch locks from one of the Kibo windows. He deployed debris shields on Kibo and, while in the area, tightened a bolt holding a television camera in place since Japanese flight controllers had noticed unexpected movement while operating the camera. Garan retrieved a video camera that had been removed from the port truss during the second spacewalk. It was repaired Saturday and Garan re-installed it. Video from the camera was sent to Mission Control almost immediately. The pair finished the spacewalk with extra tasks. Fossum installed a thermal cover on connectors on the outside of Harmony and relocated a foot restraint aid. Garan removed a launch lock on the starboard SARJ. Three of four locks were removed during this mission’s spacewalks. The crew will go to sleep at 8:02 p.m. and awaken at 4:02 a.m. Monday. The next status report will be issued at the start of the crew day, or earlier if events warrant.

OMG it's my b-day & i'm really really really really really x ten years old today. crikey, i'm older than space shuttles. where are MY spare parts, where are MY engineers, huh? where's my BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET. youth is wasted on the young i tell you! but... best present so far: rusty's good eye is coming back & things are stabilizing. i'm not going to add this year if {1} no one beside my mother says HAPPY BIRTHDAY (mom's don't count) & {2} if i get no cake. no cake no countie. anyway i haven't blown out happy birthday candles in years. so i can shave a couple years there can't i? & when's the last time i got a card? my b-day is INEXISTENT by these paltry measures! does a birthday occur if no birthday wish is received? does the biological clock keep ticking if the birthday song remains unsung?

ok. it's official. rusty just called & didn't say happy birthday. then i remembered i saw my dad yesterday & he didn't say happy birthday. get this, i was born the day he graduated to be a doctor & graduated from college on his birthday. so today is not my birthday.

my anti-birthday wish: A NEW COMPUTER, so i can watch nasaTV :(

Tags: discovery, kibo, sts-124
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