The Beauty of Space
July 21, 2009
Astronaut Tim Kopra worked to prepare the berthing mechanisms on the Kibo laboratory and the Japanese Exposed Facility (JEF) for the JEF installation on Kibo, during this the first of five planned spacewalks for the STS-127 crew. Kopra, who was joined astronaut Dave Wolf (out of frame) on this spacewalk, holds onto a handrail on Harmony node. When the Endeavour crew returns to Earth, Kopra will stay aboard the station to serve as a flight engineer.
Topics: STS-127, Manned spacecraft, Spaceflight, Timothy L. Kopra, Japanese Experiment Module, Space Shuttle Endeavour, Extra-vehicular activity, Human spaceflight