Tags: US | Space | Shuttle

Endeavour Astronauts Stroll out for Spacewalk

Friday, 20 May 2011 06:47 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

HOUSTON — Drew Feustel and Gregory Chamitoff spent early Friday puttering around with routine chores — installing a light fixture here, covering something there, picking some stuff up. The only thing unique was the location: outside the International Space Station.

The two Endeavour astronauts started their six-and-a-half hour spacewalk at 3:10 a.m. EDT Friday and it was going without a hitch and free of drama. They have already retrieved one experiment — the space equivalent of a test of paint durability — and will pick up one more.

NASA officials said this spacewalk is supposed to be as routine as they get for what is always a risky task of strolling outside in space. In addition to retrieving the two experiments outside the station, the astronauts will install one new experiment and do some preparations for a tougher task later in the mission.

Unlike other spacewalks, when the tasks were so tough their labored breathing could be heard on the radio, Chamitoff and Feustel didn't sound like they were out of breath.

This is the first spacewalk for Chamitoff. He called it "a dream come true for me."

Endeavour's astronauts will spacewalk four times.

This is Endeavour's last flight. Endeavour's day started with a wake-up song written by two Kennedy Space Center employees, Dan Keenan and Kenny McLaughlin. The song is called "We All Do What We Can Do" and honors workers who prepare the shuttles for launch.

On Thursday, the shuttle's astronauts accomplished their main job: installing on the station a $2 billion physics experiment that looks for antimatter and dark matter. On Saturday, the two crews will get an unprecedented VIP call — Pope Benedict XVI will make the first papal call to space. Two Italians are on board.

After a planned 16-day mission, Endeavour is scheduled to land June 1. NASA is shutting down its shuttle program this summer after 30 years, to focus on interplanetary travel. One more mission remains, by shuttle Atlantis in July, to carry up one last load of supplies and equipment.


© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

AFL-CIO's Trumpka: Dems to Win Tight Races

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 10:03 AM

Democrats will prevail against GOP candidates in several hotly contested races across the country in the midterm electio . . .

WashPost: Federal Workers Paid Leave Costs Taxpayers $775 Million

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 09:27 AM

Over a three-year period ending last fall, taxpayers paid close to a billion dollars for federal workers sent home on pa . . .

Indiana to Limit Food Stamps for Single Workers to 3 Months

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 07:46 AM

Able-bodied adults without children will be expected to enter a training program or go to work if they want to remain el . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved