June 9, 2011
Astronaut Nancy J. Currie, assigned as a mission specialist for NASA's STS-88 mission, uses hardware in the virtual reality lab at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) to train for her duties aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. This type computer interface paired with virtual reality training hardware for the assigned space-walking astronauts--in this case, Jerry L. Ross and James H. Newman--helps to prepare the entire team for dealing with ISS elements. One of those elements will be the Functional Cargo Block (FGB), which will have been launched a couple of weeks prior to STS-88. Once the FGB is captured using the remote manipulator system (RMS) of the Endeavour, Currie will maneuver the robot arm to dock the FGB to the conical mating adapter at the top of Node 1, to be carried in the Shuttle's cargo bay. In ensuing days, three space walks by Ross and Newman will be performed to make power, data and utility connections between the two modules.
Topics: Technology Internet, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Space exploration, Nancy J. Currie, STS-88, James H. Newman, Space Shuttle Endeavour, Jerry L. Ross, Space Shuttle, International Space Station, Manned spacecraft, Human spaceflight