STS-126 Endeavour

STS-126 Endeavour : Flight Day #9 ~ EVA-3 (Piper & Bowen)



EV1: S-Piper (Solid red stripes) & EV2: Bowen (White stripes) ::: EVA-3 begins @ 10:45AM PST | EVA-3 ends @ 5:45PM PST || Spacewalk: 6h 57m; 10:01a.m. to 4:58 p.m. PST

STS-126 MCC Status Report #16 :: 11.22.08 - The third spacewalk by Endeavour astronauts outside the International Space Station will be the focus of today’s activities aboard the two spacecraft. Endeavour crew members Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Eric Boe and mission specialists Don Pettit, Steve Bowen, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Shane Kimbrough and Greg Chamitoff were awakened at 7:55 a.m. CST. The song was “You Are Here,” by the group Dutton. It was played for Kimbrough. Spacewalkers Piper and Bowen are scheduled to leave the station’s Quest airlock at 12:45 p.m. Piper, the lead spacewalker, will wear the red-striped suit while Bowen will be in the all-white suit. Their work will be further cleaning and lubrication of the starboard Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ) and replacement of some of more its bearing assemblies. The joint has seen limited use since September 2007 when flight controllers saw increased power consumption and vibration as it moved the 240-foot solar wings like a paddlewheel to follow the sun. Much of the work on all four spacewalks during Endeavour’s stay at the station involves the starboard SARJ. The port SARJ, which continues to function well, will get a precautionary lubrication on the Monday spacewalk. Kimbrough, who participated in the Thursday spacewalk, will be today's intravehicular officer, or spacewalk choreographer. The spacewalk is planned for about seven hours. Just about every day Endeavour is at the station is moving day. Crew members of both spacecraft, including Expedition 18 commander Mike Fincke and flight engineers Yury Lonchakov and Sandy Magnus, will continue moving supplies and equipment between Endeavour and the International Space Station and work on station equipment. Work continues to check out the Water Recovery System and its Urine Processor Assembly. The UPA was activated again overnight to gather more information on why it had shut down on previous tests. One theory is that its centrifuge might as it rotates be touching another structure. Endeavour’s crew is scheduled to go to bed at 11:55 p.m. today and be awakened at 7:55 a.m. Sunday. The next shuttle status report will be issued at the end of the crew day, or earlier if events warrant.

ISS FLIGHT DIRECTOR UPDATE (ORBIT #119 :: 06:40AM CST)
ENDEAVOUR / ISS CREW WAKE UP (begins FD 9) (ORBIT #120 :: 07:55AM CST)
EVA #3 PREPARATIONS RESUME (ORBIT #120 :: 08:30AM CST)
MPLM TRANSFERS RESUME (ORBIT #122 :: 10:50AM CST)
EVA #3 BEGINS (Piper and Bowen) (ORBIT #123 :: 12:45PM CST)
SDRM INSTALL IN ISS EXPRESS-5 RACK (ORBIT #123 :: 01:05PM CST)
STARBOARD SARJ CLEANING & TBA REPLACEMENT RESUMES (ORBIT #124 :: 01:15PM CST)
EVA #3 ENDS (ORBIT #127 :: 07:45PM CST)
MISSION STATUS BRIEFING (ORBIT #129 :: 09:30PM CST)
ISS CREW SLEEP BEGINS (ORBIT #130 :: 11:25PM CST)
ENDEAVOUR CREW SLEEP BEGINS (ORBIT #131 :: 11:55PM CST)

 



ISS Visible Pass: Saturday, 22-Nov-2008
17:34:28 (W) to 17:38:50 (NNE) - PST
howdy! {waving}

STS-126 MCC Status Report #17 :: 11.22.08 - Astronauts Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Steve Bowen today completed the third spacewalk of Endeavour’s mission to the International Space Station. The spacewalk began at 12:01 p.m. CST and ended at 6:58 p.m. for a total time of six hours and 57 minutes. Piper and Bowen focused their efforts on the continued cleaning of the station’s starboard solar alpha rotary joint (SARJ) and the removal and replacement of the remaining trundle bearing assemblies (TBA). Today, Piper replaced three TBAs and Bowen replaced two. Five have been replaced during the mission’s prior two spacewalks, and one was replaced on the STS-124 mission this past summer. The two astronauts also cleaned the area around the SARJ’s drive lock assemblies, which help the joint to rotate and lock into place. A final trundle bearing assembly replacement will take place during the fourth and final spacewalk of the flight, which is scheduled for Monday. That spacewalk, which will be conducted by Shane Kimbrough and Bowen, will focus on the lubrication and servicing of the port SARJ. Work continued inside the station on the transfer of cargo and supplies from the Leonardo Multipurpose Logistics Module (MPLM). The station and shuttle crews also worked on setting up the station’s new Water Recovery System (WRS), with Expedition 18 Flight Engineer Sandy Magnus working on taking the first samples from the Water Processor Assembly (WPA). Ground controllers in Houston continue to examine data from the Urine Processor Assembly, which is also part of the WRS, to determine why it continues to experience errors. Engineers are exploring the possibility that there is a sensor touching part of the system’s centrifuge as it rotates, which might be causing it to slow down. Endeavour’s crew is scheduled to go to bed at 11:55 p.m. tonight and be awakened at 7:55 a.m. Sunday. The next shuttle status report will be issued at the beginning of the crew day, or earlier if events warrant.

awesomest group pic ever!




S126-E-008877 (21 Nov. 2008) --- Following a space-to-Earth press conference, members of the International Space Station and Space Shuttle Endeavour crews posed for a group portrait on the orbital outpost. Astronaut Donald Pettit appears at photo center. Just below Pettit is astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshin-Piper. Clockwise from her position are astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Steve Bowen, Eric Boe, Chris Ferguson and Michael Fincke, along with cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, and astronauts Sandra Magnus and Gregory Chamitoff.

When all the world is a hopeless jumble
And the raindrops tumble all around
Heaven opens a magic lane…

When all the clouds darken up the skyway
There's a rainbow highway to be found
Leading from your window pane
To a place behind the sun
Just a step beyond the rain…

  • Current Music: You Are Here - Dutton