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2008-12-23 12:20:00

An American and Russian astronaut installed a device that monitors conditions around the orbital outpost during an almost six hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Tuesday. Station commander Michael Finckeand and flight engineer Yury Lonchakov were attempting to repair electrical charges they believe triggered glitches that caused Russian space capsules returning to Earth to land hard and off-course during two consecutive homecomings in October 2007 and April 2008. Data...

2008-12-22 19:37:43

Two members of the International Space Station crew have begun a spacewalk to install experiments and an electromagnetic energy probe, NASA said Monday night. Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke and Flight Engineer Yury Lonchakov also plan to take photographs and relocate an experiment that measures thruster exhaust plumes, the space agency said on its Web site. The spacewalk began at 7:51 p.m. EST and was scheduled to last just over six hours. Lonchakov, the lead spacewalker, is making his...

2008-11-25 10:55:00

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station celebrated after finally completing tests on a system that converts urine to drinking water on Tuesday. "Not to spoil anything, but I think up here the appropriate words are 'Yippee!'" space station commander Mike Fincke told Mission Control early Tuesday morning, shortly before bedtime. "There will be dancing later," Mission Control replied. The system is crucial for future missions to the orbiting outpost, as it is expected to double the...

2008-11-23 01:10:00

HOUSTON "“ The third spacewalk by Endeavour astronauts outside the International Space Station will be the focus of today's activities aboard the two spacecraft. Endeavour crew members Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Eric Boe and mission specialists Don Pettit, Steve Bowen, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Shane Kimbrough and Greg Chamitoff were awakened at 7:55 a.m. CST. The song was "You Are Here," by the group Dutton. It was played for Kimbrough. Spacewalkers Piper and Bowen are...

2008-11-22 11:00:00

NASA announced Friday that a new water regeneration system onboard the International Space Station, used to recycle urine and other wastewater into drinking water for astronauts, is experiencing glitches. The $250 million water regeneration system experienced problems that prompted two shutdowns on Thursday and Friday as astronauts attempted to start the distillation process using pre-collected urine samples. The space shuttle Endeavour delivered the system to the International Space Station...

2008-11-21 10:50:00

As astronauts aboard the International Space Station prepared for a half-day off from work on Friday, they re-fired the shuttle's thrusters and began installation of a contraption that will recycle urine into drinking water. Endeavour's seven astronauts and the three space station crew members have been working without a break since the space shuttle launched from Florida a week ago. They will get a half-day off in space after holding a news conference. The extra thrust given on Friday will...

2008-11-20 14:55:00

Astronauts conducted another spacewalk Thursday, vowing to keep a tighter grip on the remaining bag of tools after sending the first set floating into space on Tuesday. Valued by NASA at $100,000, the first tool bag drifted out of the reach of Endeavour's lead spacewalker Heidemarie Stefanyshyn Piper while she was busy cleaning grease from a leaking grease gun. Stefanyshyn-Piper said she mistakenly forgot to check that the bag had been properly secured. With two grease guns lost in space,...

2008-11-18 22:04:57

A tool bag floated away in space as U.S. astronaut Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper worked outside the International Space Station Tuesday. Stefanyshyn-Piper, who is working from the space shuttle Endeavour, had a grease gun inside her tool bag leak, and while she was trying to clean it up, the whole bag floated away, CNN reported. Stefanyshyn-Piper was outside the space station on a scheduled six-hour spacewalk with fellow mission specialist Steve Brown. The Endeavour began its mission Thursday when...

2008-11-18 15:19:29

U.S. astronauts performed maintenance chores -- cleaning here, lubing there -- Tuesday at the International Space Station. Mission specialists Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper and Steve Brown began their 6 1/2-hour space walk shortly after 1 p.m. as space shuttle astronaut Shane Kimbrough guided them through their tasks, NASA.gov reported. The space shuttle Endeavour began its mission Thursday when it lifted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On the mission specialists' to-do list is the...

2008-11-19 10:05:00

Flight organizers are revising their plans Wednesday for the rest of the spacewalks intended to happen during space shuttle Endeavour's trip to the International Space Station, following a vital tool bag being lost to space at some point during a repair trip. The tool bag floated away from astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper Tuesday as she cleaned and lubed a crusty joint on a wing of some solar panels located on the space station. She and colleague Stephen Bowen were halfway through the...

Latest Extra-vehicular activity Reference Libraries

2012-03-24 10:11:14

This was the first flight of Endeavour. Endeavour launched on May 7, 1992 at 7:40 PM EDT and Landed at Edwards AFB on May 16 at 1:57 PM PDT. The shuttle orbited 141 times at an inclination of 28.35 degrees at an altitude of 195 nautical miles. The mission lasted 8 days, 21 hours, 17 minutes, and 38 seconds. A satellite was moved to a corrected orbit using three spacewalks. A fourth spacewalk was conducted as practice for assembling Space Station Freedom. The INTELSAT VI (F-3) satellite,...

2011-04-11 13:06:23

Chris Cassidy Chris Cassidy is a NASA astronaut and a Navy SEAL. He was born Christopher John Cassidy on January 4, 1970 in Salem, Massachusetts. He graduated from York High School, in York, Maine, and then subsequently also graduated from the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1989. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1993 and a Master's degree in Ocean engineering from MIT in 2000. Cassidy graduated from BUD/S Class 192,...

2010-11-17 14:09:40

Aleksandr Kaleri is a Russian cosmonaut and veteran of extended stays on the Mir Space Station and the International Space Station. He was born Aleksandr Yuriyevich Kaleri on May 13, 1956 in Russia. In 1979, Kaleri graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology as a specialist in Aircraft Flight Dynamics and Control. After his graduation, he was hired by the Energia Corporation and began his work on the Mir space station, helping with the development of design and engineering...

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