Saturday, February 16, 2008

Thrid Space Walk Completed

Mission managers let the crew sleep in an extra 30 minutes today after a busy spacewalk. Friday's spacewalk by mission specialists Rex Walheim and Stanley Love lasted 7 hours and 25 minutes. The space shuttle Atlantis and International Space Station crews are busy today transferring supplies and equipment into the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Columbus laboratory. This morning, the station will get a reboost, a routine procedure to adjust its orbit. Also, the STS-122 and Expedition 16 crews will participate in a joint crew news conference at 8:40 a.m. EST. In addition to delivering the Columbus laboratory to the orbital outpost, Atlantis’ astronauts performed three spacewalks to prepare the module for its scientific work and replaced an expended nitrogen tank on the station. Atlantis also transported ESA astronaut Leopold Eyharts to the station to take the place of Daniel Tani as Expedition 16 flight engineer. Tani is returning to Earth aboard the shuttle. Atlantis and the STS-122 crew are scheduled to leave the space station on Monday, with undocking slated for 4:26 a.m. that day. -Source NASA

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