Latest Bob Behnken Stories

2008-03-22 18:40:00

Two astronauts from the shuttle Endeavour floated outside the international space station Saturday afternoon on the final spacewalk of a marathon assembly mission. Mike Foreman and Bob Behnken had a list of tasks: a transfer of the Endeavour's 50-foot-long inspection boom to the station, an examination of a long hobbled mechanism that rotates electricity generating solar panels on the station's right side; and the installation of external science experiments. Saturday's outing, which got...

2008-03-19 00:05:00

Astronauts aboard the space station gave Dextre, the newly assembled robotic handyman, a permanent home outside the orbital outpost on Tuesday. Using the station's robot arm, they moved the gangly, mechanical giant to a perch outside the American science laboratory. Before the move, spacewalkers Rick Linnehan and Bob Behnken had equipped Dextre with a tool belt, lights and camera. Their seven-hour outing put the final touches on the $209 million Canadian creation, whose hands, arms, torso and...

2008-03-18 08:10:00

Spacewalking astronauts wrapped up the assembly of a robotic handyman outside the international space station late Monday, equipping the 12-foot tall humanoid with a tool kit, camera and lights. The outing by astronauts Rick Linnehan and Bob Behnken drew to a close after midnight, stretching to nearly seven hours. The $209 million Canadian mechanical maintenance man, nicknamed Dextre, was delivered to the space station in pieces aboard the shuttle Endeavour last week. His hands, arms and...

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