June 6, 2011
Backdropped over Africa, Takao Doi, international mission specialist representing Japan's National Space Development Agency (NASDA), works with a crane device during a second Extravehicular Activity (EVA) designed to help evaluate techniques and hardware to be used in constructing the International Space Station (ISS). Takao Doi and astronaut Winston E. Scott (out of frame) were involved in the mission's second EVA in the cargo bay of the Earth-orbiting Space Shuttle Columbia. Takao Doi is working with a 156-pound crane designed to aid spacewalkers in transporting Orbital Replacement Units (ORU) from translation carts on the exterior of the ISS to various worksites on the truss structure. The view of Earth below features an inland delta in Mali (frame center). This view is from the east toward the west and was taken with a 35mm camera.
Topics: Technology Internet, Takao Doi, Extra-vehicular activity, Human spaceflight, International Space Station