Astronauts prepare for 3rd and final spacewalk

Mar 23, 2009

(AP) -- Shuttle Discovery's astronauts have one last spacewalk ahead of them.

Late Monday morning, two former schoolteachers - Joseph Acaba and Richard Arnold II - will venture outside the and take another crack at deploying a jammed equipment storage platform.

On Saturday, spacewalkers accidentally inserted a pin upside down on the platform. The catch for the mechanism also proved to be unusually stiff.

This time, Acaba and Arnold will use all their strength to get the platform deployed properly. They will have pry bars and hammers with them, just in case. If all else fails, they will tie the platform down with sturdy tethers to keep it from banging around.

It will be the third and final for Discovery's space station mission.

©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Explore further: Space sex geckos at risk as Russia loses control of satellite

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Astronauts successfully install solar wings (Update)

Mar 19, 2009

(AP) -- Spacewalking astronauts installed the last set of solar wings at the international space station Thursday, accomplishing the top job of shuttle Discovery's mission. Steven Swanson and Richard Arnold ...

NASA weighs repair of jammed pin in third spacewalk

Mar 22, 2009

Discovery astronauts prepared for a third and final spacewalk Monday, with a busy to-do list that may include unsticking a jammed restraint pin used to clamp a toolbox to the outside of the International ...

NASA fuels Discovery for flight to space station

Mar 11, 2009

(AP) -- NASA fueled space shuttle Discovery for a night flight to the international space station Wednesday, following a month's delay to make sure the ship's valves are just right.

NASA Gives 'Go' for Space Shuttle Launch on March 11

Mar 06, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA managers completed a review Friday of space shuttle Discovery's readiness for flight and selected the official launch date for the STS-119 mission. Commander Lee Archambault and his six ...

Recommended for you

Video: A dizzying view of the Earth from space

23 hours ago

We've got vertigo watching this video, but in a good way! This is a sped-up view of Earth from the International Space Station from the Cupola, a wraparound window that is usually used for cargo ship berthings ...

User comments : 0