September 2, 2009

First STS-128 spacewalk is completed

NASA says astronauts Danny Olivas and Nicole Stott have completed the first spacewalk of space shuttle Discovery's mission to the International Space Station.

The astronauts, who began the STS-128 spacewalk at 5:49 p.m. EDT Tuesday, completed their tasks at 12:24 a.m. Wednesday

During the spacewalk, shuttle Commander Rick Sturckow and Mission Specialist Pat Forrester guided the spacewalkers through the procedures, NASA said, noting astronauts Kevin Ford and Bob Thirsk operated the station's robotic arm during the event.

Also Tuesday, crew members inside the ISS entered the newly installed Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module and unloaded a air revitalization system, a new crew quarters compartment and the Colbert treadmill.

Tasks scheduled Wednesday included transferring several science experiments from the Leonardo module into the space station and setting up additional crew quarters in the Kibo module.