Orbiter: Discovery Mission: STS-128 Payload: Leonardo Launch: Aug. 28, 2009 Time: 11:59 p.m. EDT Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center Landing: Sept. 11 @ approx. 8:53 p.m. EDT Site: Edwards Air Force Base, California Mission Status Center
Officials are assessing how to adjust operations to collect future rock core samples with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover after identifying its drill as the likely source of a short circuit that stopped the rover's movement in late February.
A day after an explosion that destroyed an Orbital Sciences Antares rocket carrying a space station cargo ship, officials said Wednesday they hope to zero in on the likely cause of the mishap within a week or so, based on a detailed review of telemetry, analysis of video and inspection of debris.
All objectives accomplished during spacewalk No. 1 BY WILLIAM HARWOOD STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE" & USED WITH PERMISSION Posted: September 2, 2009
After removing a 1,300-pound ammonia coolant tank, astronauts John "Danny" Olivas and Nicole Stott waited out a storm-triggered communications blackout before closing out a successful six-hour 35-minute spacewalk by retrieving U.S. and European experiment packages mounted on the International Space Station.
Running ahead of schedule, the astronauts turned to a few get-ahead tasks that were eventually called off. In the process, however, Olivas reported an unusual number of space debris impact sites on a tool box and the Quest airlock module.
"I don't know if you guys are aware of this, but looking at the tool box, there are several MMOD (micrometeoroid/orbital debris) strikes on its face," he said. "I count one, two, three, four, five, six, seven..."
"Yeah, Danny, stay where you are right there and we're going to get a better WVS view," spacewalk coordinator Patrick Forrester radioed from inside Discovery, referring to Olivas' helmet camera.
"Sorry, I left the camera over there."
"That's all right, we can see 'em now, we see one right above the word 'CETA,' a couple below the NASA (logo) meatball," Forrester said.
A few minutes later, Olivas exclaimed, "wow, I'm over here on the top of the airlock, the equipment lock, and there's a pretty good sized MMOD strike on the shield. Do you have video? I can pan back. Also ... one strike on the handrail. I could do this all day."
Inspecting the airlock's micrometeoroid shielding more closely, Olivas said "I count at least three strikes. ... There's a really big one right above the label, too. That one actually sticks out pretty far."
"Houston, copies," Forrester said. "And you're talking about the one right above the alpha there, the A?"
"Yeah, it looks like metal is actually protruding from the surface," Olivas said.
After retrieving a camera, Olivas snapped pictures of the impact sites for analysis on the ground before he and Stott returned to the airlock and ended the excursion at 12:24 a.m. EDT.
This was the 131st spacewalk devoted to station assembly and maintenance since construction began in 1998 and the first of three planned for Discovery's mission. Station EVA assembly time now stands at 817 hours and 11 minutes.
The astronauts had no problems of any significance removing the ammonia tank assembly from the station's solar power truss and mounting it on the lab's robot arm where it will remain until a spacewalk Thursday to install a new tank.
At that point, a violent storm swept over a ground station in Guam, interrupting space-to-ground communications from one of NASA's Tracking and Data Relay System satellites for about 33 minutes. When communications were restored, Olivas and Stott pressed ahead with the experiment retrievals.
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