Astronauts Start 3rd Spacewalk

February 8, 2007
Astronauts Start 3rd Spacewalk
Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria (center) and Flight Engineer Sunita Williams work together to fold a thermal shroud during today's spacewalk. Image credit: NASA TV

International Space Station Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Sunita Williams began the third of an unprecedented series of spacewalks at 8:26 a.m. EST today from the Quest airlock.

Lopez-Alegria and Williams completed the first two in the three-spacewalk series from Quest over the nine-day period on Jan. 31 and Feb. 4.

The focus of the first and second spacewalks was on reconfiguration of station power and cooling systems to permanent ones. Major tasks of this spacewalk include removing and jettisoning two large shrouds and installation of attachments for cargo carriers. Live coverage of today's activities is available on NASA TV.

By the end of the spacewalk Lopez-Alegria will be in second place for the most spacewalk time by an American astronaut.

Source: NASA

Explore further: Buzz Aldrin: Altitude sickness forced South Pole evacuation

Related Stories

Saturday Spacewalk to Complete Harmony Hookup to Station

November 23, 2007

A 6-hour, 30-minute spacewalk by International Space Station Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Dan Tani will continue the external outfitting of the Harmony node in its new position in front of the U.S laboratory ...

ISS crew 12 performed the first spacewalk

November 8, 2005

NASA astronaut Bill McArthur and Russian cosmonaut Valery Tokarev performed the first spacewalk of their six-month stay on the international space station. They installed a new camera and discarded an inactive science probe.

Station Spacewalkers to Install Electrical Monitor

August 1, 2006

Space Station crew members Jeff Williams and Thomas Reiter will work to avoid future shocks during a scheduled 6-hour-plus spacewalk Aug. 3. They also will have a third station crew member for the first time in more than ...

Recommended for you

Hubble catches a transformation in the Virgo constellation

December 9, 2016

The constellation of Virgo (The Virgin) is especially rich in galaxies, due in part to the presence of a massive and gravitationally-bound collection of over 1300 galaxies called the Virgo Cluster. One particular member of ...

Khatyrka meteorite found to have third quasicrystal

December 9, 2016

(Phys.org)—A small team of researchers from the U.S. and Italy has found evidence of a naturally formed quasicrystal in a sample obtained from the Khatyrka meteorite. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, ...

Scientists sweep stodgy stature from Saturn's C ring

December 9, 2016

As a cosmic dust magnet, Saturn's C ring gives away its youth. Once thought formed in an older, primordial era, the ring may be but a mere babe – less than 100 million years old, according to Cornell-led astronomers in ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.