Endeavour Astronauts Attach Japanese Module to Station

Mar 14, 2008
Endeavour Astronauts Attach Japanese Module to Station
A spacewalker works in the shuttle's payload bay with the shuttle's robotic arm in position to grapple the Japanese Logistics Module - Pressurized Section. Credit: NASA TV

The crews of space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station completed a busy day with a spacewalk and the installation of the Japanese Logistics Module - Pressurized Section (JLP) on the station.

Mission Specialist Rick Linnehan and Expedition 16 Flight Engineer Garrett Reisman completed the first spacewalk of the STS-123 mission at 4:19 a.m. EDT. The excursion lasted seven hours, one minute.

The two spacewalkers prepared the JLP for removal from Space Shuttle Endeavour’s payload bay. They also opened the Centerline Berthing Camera System on top of the Harmony module. The system provides live video to assist with docking spacecraft and modules together.

Additionally, the astronauts removed the Passive Common Berthing Mechanism, the round flange which can attach to another spacecraft or module, and they installed both the Orbital Replacement Unit tool change out mechanisms on the Canadian-built Dextre, the final element of the station’s Mobile Servicing System.

Commander Dom Gorie and Japanese astronaut Takao Doi used the shuttle’s robotic arm to move the JLP, the first component of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory, to its place on the orbital outpost, completing the task at 4:06 a.m.

Initial attempts to route power to Dextre were not successful Thursday after its unassembled components were temporarily parked on the station's truss in a pallet structure.

Flight controllers plan to grapple Dextre with the station's robotic arm around 11 p.m. today. With Dextre grappled to the arm, the cabling path that is believed to be causing communications interference will not be in the loop. It is expected that normal communications will then be established.

Linnehan and Mission Specialist Michael Foreman will exit the orbital complex Saturday at 8:23 p.m. to perform the second STS-123 spacewalk. Their primary goal is to assemble Dextre.

Source: NASA

Explore further: NASA tests nonstick aircraft wing coatings that let bug juice slide

Related Stories

Satellite servicing capabilities being developed

Oct 19, 2012

(Phys.org)—With satellites playing increasingly important roles in everyday life, NASA is developing the technology to build Earth-orbiting, roving "service stations" capable of extending the life of these ...

US Discovery astronauts step out on last spacewalk

Mar 02, 2011

Two US astronauts on Wednesday stepped out on the second and final spacewalk of the Discovery shuttle mission at the International Space Station to work on repairs at the orbiting lab.

Astronauts install Italian-built module at space lab

Mar 01, 2011

Astronauts at the orbiting International Space Station on Tuesday installed a permanent Italian-built storage module, while Russia nixed plans to fly around and take pictures of the crowded lab.

ISS resupply from four corners of globe

Jan 21, 2011

A quick succession of international space supply trucks will arrive on the International Space Station’s loading docks early in 2011, dropping off more than 11 tons (10,000 kilograms) of food, computers, ...

Recommended for you

What is a terrestrial planet?

18 hours ago

In studying our solar system over the course of many centuries, astronomers learned a great deal about the types of planets that exist in our universe. This knowledge has since expanded thanks to the discovery ...

User comments : 0

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.