Answers Your Questions
| From: C. "Max" LeMire, of Central
Square, N.Y. |
To: Jeff Hanley, flight director
Question: I understand that on the STS-107 mission there will be no EVA's. My question is why do you load spacesuits into the shuttle, with no EVA's planned? It seems the extra weight could be avoided.
Answer: Spacesuits are flown for contingency purposes to fix problems that would result in an unsafe configuration for entry. EVAs can be performed to fix such problems as a stuck Ku-band antenna or a jammed payload bay door.