Archive - Jul 23, 2009
Japan's Koichi Wakata will inaugurate the use of Kibo's robotic arm for scientific purposes today to install a trio of components on the station's new "front porch."
Today, the Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image experiment will be moved first, then the Inter-orbit Communication System and the Space Environment Data Acquisition Equipment-Attached Payload.
After the robotics are complete, the entire shuttle crew will field questions from television reporters.
While the crew slept, Mission Control updated Friday's spacewalk plan. Mission Specialists Cassidy and Tom Marshburn will swap all four of the remaining Port 6 batteries on the fourth of five spacewalks. In addition, they'll install a camera on the Kibo porch that was deferred from the first spacewalk. Cassidy and Wolf completed two of the battery swaps on the third spacewalk, but had to end the excursion early because of rising carbon dioxide levels in Cassidy's suit.
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