Its good to hear that all’s going well on the final mission of the Discovery space shuttle – Deskarati
A pair of shuttle Discovery astronauts floated outside the International Space Station on Wednesday and completed a long list of chores to prepare the outpost for life after shuttle retirement. Spacewalkers Stephen Bowen and Alvin Drew wrapped up the second of two spacewalks planned for Discovery’s eight-day stay at the station, the shuttle’s 39th and final mission. During the spacewalk that stretched over six hours, Bowen and Drew vented ammonia from a failed pump module that NASA plans to return to Earth on the final shuttle flight in June and removed an equipment pallet from outside Europe’s Columbus module, among other tasks.
The pair got a late start due to a leak in Bowen’s pressurized suit, which was caused by a damaged seal that crewmates easily fixed. The helmet lights on Drew’s spacesuit became detached late in the spacewalk, spurring ground controllers to order him back to the station airlock after Bowen was unable to reattach it.
“What have you been doing?” Bowen asked Drew. “I know we gave these a good shake test.”
The six-member Discovery crew, on the 133rd mission in shuttle history, already has completed the primary goals of the 12-day flight. They attached an outside storage platform for spare parts shortly after reaching the station on Saturday. On Tuesday, they installed a combination storage room and mini-research lab to the outpost, completing assembly of the U.S. side of the station.