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Fuglesang completes spacewalk

AFP/The Local · 4 Sep 2009, 07:35

Published: 04 Sep 2009 07:35 GMT+02:00

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The pair floated out from the shuttle over China at 12:12am on Friday for an excursion which lasted 6.5 hours, after the US space agency determined that space debris drifting towards the shuttle and ISS posed no threat.

Fuglesang and mission lead spacewalker Danny Olivas installed a new liquid ammonia tank used to keep the ISS cool, bolting it into place and mating a series of cooling lines to the new assembly.

Astronauts Kevin Ford and Nicole Stott operated the robotic arm carrying Fuglesang and the new, 800-kilogram (1,760 pound) tank to the installation site on an ISS truss segment, live footage from NASA TV showed.

"Now they'll move an empty tank to the shuttle's cargo bay," NASA said in a Twitter message, referring to the spent ammonia tank that will return to Earth with Discovery.

Fuglesang and Olivas had overnighted in a decompression chamber in order to acclimate their bodies for their outing in space, but were delayed by 53 minutes due to a problem with Olivas's communications gear.

An hour into the spacewalk, Fuglesang reported to Mission Control that one of his helmet spotlights died. "The other is providing enough light to continue work," NASA said in a message.

With Thursday's outing, Fuglesang - who was the first Swede in space in December 2006 - became the first astronaut outside the United States or Russia to participate in more than three spacewalks.

Earlier Thursday a large piece of space debris drifted toward the ISS, but NASA said it would not affect the second of mission's three planned spacewalks.

"Mission Control evaluated a piece of space junk and decided it's not necessary to move the space shuttle/space station to avoid it," NASA said on its Twitter feed.

Mission Control was keeping a close watch on the remains of the three-year-old Ariane 5, a European space rocket, that were moving in an oval-shaped orbit.

The piece, which is some 19 square meters in size, was expected to pass almost three kilometres from the outpost on Friday, NASA said.

Officials were developing a contingency plan to potentially "reboost" the station-shuttle complex that currently holds 13 astronauts if the space junk posed a threat.

The linked spacecraft are currently orbiting 354 kilometres above the Earth.

On Wednesday Olivas and Stott performed the first spacewalk of Discovery's nine-day stay at the ISS, removing the old tank that will return to Earth with Discovery.

The duo also fetched US and European equipment from the orbiting station's Columbus laboratory that will be brought back to scientists on Earth.

The third and final spacewalk is scheduled for Saturday.

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Discovery's mission is the fourth of five planned for the shuttle program this year. The last is scheduled for November.

The two crews continued unloading equipment from the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, a huge pressurized chamber carrying 7.5 tons of supplies, including new station crew quarters, a freezer, two research racks and a treadmill named after popular US talkshow comedian Stephen Colbert.

The freezer will store samples of blood, urine and other materials that will eventually be brought back to Earth for study on the effects of zero-gravity.

Discovery will remain docked at the ISS until Tuesday and is due to return to Earth on September 10th.

Once the mission is complete, just six more shuttle flights remain before NASA's three shuttles are retired in September 2010.

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14:00 September 4, 2009 by DamnImmigrant
You know it is one thing to be able to take a ride into outer space BUT it is something totally different to be able to step outside and take a "walk"!!

"With Thursday's outing, Fuglesang - who was the first Swede in space in December 2006 - became the first astronaut outside the United States or Russia to participate in more than three spacewalks."

I'm not saying that the American and Russians are like totally prejudiced but it does seem that space walks are reserved for "home boys". It is great that it is a Swede who broke that barrier!

I am also astonished at how the media plays up the sports so much that kids, especially "lower class" kids, have as their hero's the sports players! These kids want to grow up to be big name sports players! They then ignore those areas of academics that could actually take them out of poverty and get them the respect and money they think sports will get them.

Here we have a Swedish person who could instead be seen as hero to the kids!

Soon SWEDEN will have the worlds FIRST "Spaceport" when Virgin Galactic will be launching tourists into Space from somewhere near Kiruna!

More info on Spaceport Sweden: http://www.ssc.se/?id=9500
21:09 September 4, 2009 by DamnImmigrant
I got it wrong again - I originally said;

But the reality is that the FIRST Spaceport is being built in America. Evidently the laws are more favorable there! When Virgin Galactic is allowed to fly outside the US, then Sweden is the first (outside the US!)
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