Wed, Mar 19, 2008
Crew Readies Dextre For Action; NASA May Extend Endeavour's
Robots ruled Tuesday for the STS-123 and Expedition 16 crews, as
crewmembers spent some time indoors following two successful
spacewalks three days.
Canadarm 2, the International Space Station’s robot arm,
grabbed the pallet that secured Dextre during its journey to the
orbital outpost, and return the pallet to space shuttle
Endeavour’s payload bay for return to Earth, according to
The Canadian-built Dextre is the final element of the
station’s Mobile Servicing System. Mission Specialists Rick
Linnehan (shown above) and Mike Foreman finished assembling Dextre
Sunday during the second spacewalk of STS-123.
As ANN reported, Linnehan and
Robert L. Behnken installed the orbiting, all-purpose repair-bot's
"eyes" (a pair of waist-mounted cameras) and "hands" (a number of
tools) during a spacewalk late Monday evening.
The station and shuttle crews also will prepare
hardware to be used in a shuttle tile repair test on the next
spacewalk, and they will get some much needed off duty time.
Foreman and Behnken are slated to begin the mission’s
fourth spacewalk at 1828 EDT Thursday. The two will perform tasks
that include the shuttle tile repair test and change out of a
circuit breaker on the station.
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