December 17, 2007
Spacewalk Dec. 18/STS-122 Jan. 10
Expedition 16 Station Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Dan Tani are set for a spacewalk Tuesday, Dec. 18 starting at about 6 a.m. EST (coverage starts at 4:30 a.m.). They will inspect the giant rotary joint (SARJ) where contamination was found last month. The astronauts will also inspect a Beta Gimbal Assembly (BGA), another device that rotates the arrays. The BGA experienced electrical problems last weekend, unrelated to the SARJ.
NASA's Space Shuttle Program managers have targeted January 10 for the launch of shuttle Atlantis' STS-122 mission to the International Space Station. This launch date assumes that the problem with the tank sensors is resolved. Check http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle for the latest information.
Posted by m_dyson at December 17, 2007 01:17 PM