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Two astronauts from the shuttle Endeavour floated outside the international space station Saturday afternoon on the final spacewalk of a marathon assembly mission.
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Astronauts aboard the space station inspected the heat shield of the shuttle Endeavour on Friday, following an overnight spacewalk in which they tested a gooey material developed by NASA to repair a breach in the spacecraft's thermal armor. The crew is now preparing for a Saturday spacewalk.
HOUSTON - Astronauts aboard NASA's shuttle Endeavour will scan their spacecraft's vital heat shield for dings again Friday, even though the orbiter is still docked at the International Space Station (ISS). The late heat shield inspection is a now standard task for astronauts to ensure their orbiter's sensitive heat shield panels are free of damage from micrometeorites or other orbital debris. But the laborious scan is typically performed after a shuttle has undocked from the ISS and...
Two spacewalking astronauts, working outside the international space station late Thursday, wrapped up tests with a gooey repair material for damaged shuttle heat shielding that NASA hopes it never has to use.
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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.
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.
Astronauts aboard the space station gave Dextre, the newly assembled robotic handyman, a permanent home outside the orbital outpost on Tuesday.
Robert Behnken is an engineer, U. S. Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut. He was born Robert Louis Behnken on July 28, 1970 in Creve Coeur, Missouri. He graduated from Pattonville High School in Maryland Heights, Missouri and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Washington University in 1992, all while being in he ROTC. Just one year later, he received a Master of Science degree in Mechanical...
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