November 22, 2009

Astronauts Relax Before Preparing For 3rd Spacewalk

The six-member crew of Atlantis will have a half day to relax before getting ready for Monday's third and final spacewalk.

The crew was awakened this morning with the song "Butterfly Kisses," by Bob Carlisle at 1:58 a.m. CST. It was selected for Mission Specialist Randy Bresnik.

Later in the morning, Pilot Barry Wilmore and Mission Specialists Leland Melvin, Robert Satcher Jr. and Nicole Stott will answer reporters' questions in interviews with WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C., Bay News 9 in Tampa, Fla. and WBBM Radio in Chicago, Ill.

Also planned is an opportunity for some Tennessee students to interact with Wilmore, Melvin and Stott. The educational question and answer session is being held at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. Wilmore is an alumnus of Tennessee Tech.

In the early afternoon, Satcher and Bresnik will prepare spacesuits and tools and review the updated procedures for that third spacewalk. The spacewalk was replanned overnight after Bresnik and Foreman were able to get ahead on tasks during Saturday's spacewalk, including deploying a third payload attach system.

Tonight Satcher and Bresnik will spend the night in the Quest airlock to prepare for Monday's spacewalk. The crew is scheduled to begin its sleep period about 5:30 p.m.


Image Caption: Astronauts Charles O. Hobaugh (left), STS-129 commander; and Robert L. Satcher Jr., mission specialist, are pictured near a window in the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station while Space Shuttle Atlantis remains docked with the station.


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