The crew aboard the space shuttle Endeavour was awakened at 6:12 a.m. CST this morning to the sound of “Jumpin’ at the Woodside,” performed by Mission Specialist Linda Godwin’s own band, Brass, Rhythm and Reeds. Godwin plays tenor sax in this 18-piece big band recording.
The focus of activities aboard Endeavour today will be on the planned four-hour spacewalk to be conducted by Godwin and Dan Tani. Godwin and Tani will exit the shuttle’s airlock about 11:24 a.m. and will be carried about half way up the truss of the space station by the shuttle’s robotic arm, operated by Pilot Mark Kelly. Commander Dom Gorie will coordinate efforts as the two spacewalkers maneuver hand-over-hand to their worksite location at the top of the P6 truss, some 80 feet above Endeavour’s cargo bay.
The prime objective of the spacewalk is to place insulating blankets on the two Beta Gimbal Assemblies (BGA) that control the rotation of the solar arrays as they track the sun. The thermal blankets will protect the BGAs from temperature variances experienced in space, which has been leading to current spikes from the motors inside the BGAs. Once that task is complete, the spacewalkers will perform some get-ahead-tasks including retrieving tools from an outside pouch and bringing them inside for use during a spacewalk on the next mission to the space station early next year.
With hatches between the two spacecraft closed for today’s space walk, the Expedition Four Crew, Commander Yury Onufrienko, and Flight Engineers Dan Bursch and Carl Walz will continue transferring equipment and supplies from the Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module to the station. This is the crewmembers’ first day alone on the space station after exchanging places with the Expedition Three Crew, Commander Frank Culberston, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin, on Saturday.
The next STS-108 mission status report will be issued about 6 p.m. today or as events warrant.
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