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2008-03-20 08:24:20

HOUSTON - Two astronauts will float outside the International Space Station (ISS) Thursday armed with a space age caulk gun and its goo-like ammo to test their effectiveness in shuttle heat shield repairs. Spacewalkers Robert Behnken and Mike Foreman will begin their orbital work at 6:28 p.m. EDT (2228 GMT) to demonstrate a technique for fixing dinged shuttle heat shield tiles. "While we've been able to test this material on the ground, we have not been able to test it both in...

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2008-03-20 08:00:00

The astronauts on the orbiting shuttle-station complex geared up Thursday for the fourth spacewalk of their mission, a high-profile test of a repair technique they hope they never have to use. Two of the crew members were to float outside Thursday night to squirt salmon-colored goo into the crevices of extra space shuttle thermal tiles that were deliberately damaged for the test. NASA wants to see how well the caulking gun and patching material work, in case they're ever needed for a real...

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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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2008-03-17 07:00:00

A robotic handyman, nearing final assembly outside the international space station, moved his hands and arms for the first time Sunday, delighting the astronauts as well as the mechanism's Canadian development team. A third and final spacewalk to equip the $209 million Canadian robot nicknamed Dextre with a toolbelt and tools is planned for Monday night. The robot was delivered to the station in pieces aboard the shuttle Endeavour last week to carry out some of the future space station...

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2008-03-16 08:55:00

Spacewalking astronauts brought a robotic handyman to life outside the international space station overnight, swinging the big partially assembled machine into a sitting position and attaching two arms. Dextre, a $209 million Canadian creation, was designed to take on some of the repair duties normally assigned to spacewalking astronauts. Astronauts Rick Linnehan and Mike Foreman transformed Dextre's pieces into a single gleaming 12-foot tall mechanism with outstretched arms and a menacing...

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2008-03-14 08:20:00

Astronauts from four countries, two of them on an overnight spacewalk, joined forces to begin the assembly of a Canadian robot outside the international space station and attach a new Japanese module. The outing by astronauts Rick Linnehan and Garrett Reisman drew to a close today just after 3 a.m. CDT, spanning seven hours. The $209 million robotic handiman named Dextre arrived at the station late Wednesday in pieces packed aboard the shuttle Endeavour. The stowage module, the first piece of...

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2008-03-12 10:05:00

The seven-man crew of the shuttle Endeavour maneuvered toward the international space station early Wednesday, with the astronauts spending their first full day in orbit carefully examining the ship for any launch damage. Endeavour was set to dock with the station late Wednesday to deliver a giant robot and the first piece of a new Japanese lab. As the shuttle closed in on the orbiting outpost, the crew used a 100-foot laser-tipped boom to inspect its wings and nose for any sign of launch...

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2008-03-11 06:00:00

The shuttle Endeavour ignited the darkened Florida skies early today, as the winged ship raced into orbit on a pillar of fiery exhaust to begin a marathon assembly mission at the international space station. The shuttle and a crew of seven astronauts thundered away from the Kennedy Space Center at 1:28 a.m. CDT, climbing steeply on a northerly course that hugged much of the U.S. East Coast. Endeavour carries the first piece of Japan's near $1 billion Kibo science module and a $209 million...

2008-02-29 16:28:23

China has successfully tested the spacesuits and airlock to be used in its first-ever spacewalk during a spaceflight later this year, the nation's state-run media has reported. The spacewalk will take place during the Shenzhou 7 mission, China's third manned spaceflight, which is set to launch from Jiuquan, Gansu province, in October 2008, according to recent reports by the Xinhua News Agency and China Daily. "Both the airlock module and the extravehicular spacesuit passed the...

2008-02-10 08:42:12

HOUSTON "“ The seven-member crew of Atlantis will spend today preparing for the mission's first spacewalk on Monday and take a closer look at a small tear on a thermal blanket over the shuttle's right Orbital Maneuvering System pod. Mission managers added a day to the mission Saturday after delaying the first spacewalk because of a crew medical issue. Plans were finalized last night for a focused inspection of Atlantis' thermal protection system today beginning at 1:15 p.m. CST. The...


Latest Extra-vehicular activity Reference Libraries

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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,...

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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,...

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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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