Archive - Dec 17, 2006 - Story

STS-116 MCC Status Report #16

Space Shuttle

Astronauts will spend much of today getting ready for a fourth spacewalk during Discovery's mission to the International Space Station.

On Saturday, Mission Specialists Bob Curbeam and Expedition 14 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams finished rewiring the International Space Station during a 7-hour, 31-minute spacewalk.

After planned tasks had been completed smoothly and ahead of schedule, they also shook a balky solar array wing in hopes of completing its retraction. That helped gain some ground - the wing is about 65 percent retracted, compared to less than 50 percent before the spacewalk. About 11 bays remain deployed, compared to about 17 before.

N5VHO – Sun, 2006 – 12 – 17 16:32