EV2: Bowen (White stripes) & EV3: Kimbrough (Dashed stripes) ::: EVA-4 begins @ 10:45AM PST | EVA-4 ends @ 5:15PM PST || Spacewalk: 6h 7m; 10:24 a.m. to 4:31 p.m. PST • Space Shuttle Program Mission Management Team formally approved extending STS-126 by one day. The crews of the International Space Station and space shuttle Endeavour now will spend Thanksgiving day together, and the shuttle will undock on Friday. Landing is targeted for the Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility at about 1:18 p.m. Sunday.
STS-126 MCC Status Report #20 :: 11.24.08 - The fourth spacewalk by Endeavour astronauts outside the International Space Station will be the focus of today’s activities in space. Engineers continue to explore options for the off-and-on Urine Processor Assembly (UPA). It ran for almost three hours and processed about a gallon of liquid Sunday, after modifications by Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke and Endeavour Mission Specialist Don Pettit, before shutting down. Today Fincke will install two bolts in the UPA’s distillation assembly to further reduce vibration. He is scheduled to begin that work about 1 p.m. CST. Endeavour crew members, Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Eric Boe and mission specialists Pettit, Steve Bowen, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Shane Kimbrough and Greg Chamitoff, as well as Fincke and station flight engineers Yury Lonchakov and Sandra Magnus, were awakened at 7:55 a.m. The song was “Can’t Stop Loving You,” by Van Halen. It was played for Piper. Spacewalkers Bowen and Kimbrough are scheduled to leave the station’s Quest airlock at 12:45 p.m. Bowen will wear the all-white suit and Kimbrough’s suit will have broken red stripes. They will work to finish up cleaning, lubrication and bearing assembly replacements on the starboard Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ). That joint has been the focus of activities on the first three spacewalks of Endeavour’s mission to the station. It has been used sparingly since increased power consumption and vibrations were noticed in September last year. A test of the joint rotating in the mode to automatically track the sun will be done early Tuesday morning to judge the repair work. Kimbrough will lubricate the port SARJ, which has been working fine, and install a TV camera on the station’s truss. Bowen will inspect a balky berthing mechanism latch on the Japanese Kibo laboratory and reinstall a cover over it. He’ll also install a Global Positioning Satellite antenna that will guide the future unpiloted Japanese cargo vehicle to a point near the station, where the station’s Canadarm2 will grasp it for berthing. Boe will be today's intravehicular officer, or spacewalk choreographer. The spacewalk is to last about 6.5 hours. Transfer of equipment and supplies, now mostly from the station to Endeavour and the Leonardo cargo carrier, which the shuttle will bring back home, is still a little ahead of schedule. Today marks the final day for transfer of equipment into Leonardo as it will be closed Tuesday. Endeavour’s crew is scheduled to go to bed at 11:55 p.m. today and be awakened at 7:55 a.m. Tuesday. 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 #150 :: 06:30AM CST)
ENDEAVOUR / ISS CREW WAKE UP (begins FD 11) (ORBIT #151 :: 07:55AM CST)
EVA # 4 PREPARATIONS RESUME (ORBIT #152 :: 08:30AM CST)
MPLM TRANSFERS RESUME (ORBIT #153 :: 11:15AM CST)
EVA # 4 BEGINS (Bowen and Kimbrough) (ORBIT #155 :: 12:45PM CST)
MULTILAYER COVER REMOVAL ON P3 TRUSS (ORBIT #155 :: 01:05PM CST)
PORT SARJ LUBRICATION BEGINS (ORBIT #155 :: 01:40PM CST)
COMPLETION OF STARBOARD SARJ TBA INSTALLATION (ORBIT #155 :: 01:55PM CST)
ETVCG INSTALL ON P1 TRUSS (ORBIT #156 :: 02:20PM CST)
EFBM LATCH RETRACTION / THERMAL COVER INSTALL ON P3 TRUSS (ORBIT #157 :: 04:20PM CST)
EFBM COVER INSTALLATION (ORBIT #157 :: 04:55PM CST)
GPS ANTENNA INSTALL ON JLP (ORBIT #158 :: 05:20PM CST)
GET AHEAD TASKS (If time permits) (ORBIT #158 :: 06:00PM CST)
EVA # 4 ENDS (ORBIT #159 :: 07:15PM CST)
MPLM RACK CONFIGURATION (ORBIT #160 :: 08:20PM CST)
MISSION STATUS BRIEFING (ORBIT #160 :: 09:00PM CST)
ISS CREW SLEEP BEGINS (ORBIT #162 :: 11:25PM CST)
ENDEAVOUR CREW SLEEP BEGINS (ORBIT #162 :: 11:55PM CST)
ISS Visible Pass: Monday, 24-Nov- 2008
16:51:41 (W) to 16:58:07 (N) - PST
okok, while M & i didn't see ISS pass, i did show him a picture :-/
& saw me some nasaTV :-)! look! an astronaut!
STS-126 MCC Status Report #21 :: 11.24.08 - As the STS-126 and International Space Station Expedition 18 crews readied for the fourth and final spacewalk of the mission, NASA managers decided to extend Endeavour’s stay by one day with landing now scheduled for 12:18 p.m. CST Sunday. The extra day was approved in order to provide the crews as much extra time as possible for any continued troubleshooting on the new Water Recovery System. Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke continued work on the Urine Processor Assembly’s (UPA) distillation hardware. He installed two more bolts to hard-mount the distiller assembly section of the UPA in place, which may further reduce vibrations that engineers believe are causing the UPA to prematurely shut down. Once complete, they added stored urine to the UPA and started another processing cycle at 7:06 p.m. CST. Engineers hope the maintenance performed will enable the UPA to run for its full four-hour processing time. The astronauts also set up a wireless instrumentation system to track vibrations of the UPA. Meanwhile, outside the orbiting complex, astronauts Steve Bowen and Shane Kimbrough wrapped up the final spacewalk of the mission. The spacewalk began at 12:24 p.m. CST and lasted six hours, seven minutes, ending at 6:31 p.m. CST. The first priority was to complete all the remaining tasks associated with lubrication of the Solar Alpha Rotary Joints as well as other station assembly tasks. Thin lines of lubricant were observed on the port SARJ race ring with some minor wear where the trundle bearing assemblies are riding. Additional lubrication was added as a preventive measure against further degradation despite the unit working normally. Bowen returned to the starboard SARJ to install the final trundle bearing assembly. All 12 now have been replaced. At approximately 4:30 a.m. CST Tuesday, the ground team plans to initiate an auto track of the newly cleaned and lubricated starboard SARJ to assess the performance and overall health. Bowen retracted a berthing mechanism latch on the Japanese Kibo Laboratory and reinstalled its thermal cover. He also installed a video camera on the Port 1 truss and attached a Global Positioning System antenna on the Japanese Experiment Module Pressurized Section. Endeavour’s crew is scheduled to go to bed at 11:55 p.m. CST and to be awakened at 7:55 a.m. CST Tuesday. The next shuttle status report will be issued at the beginning of the crew day, or earlier if events warrant.