Astronauts perform mission's second successful spacewalk
BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE" & USED WITH PERMISSION
Posted: November 21, 2009
Astronauts Michael Foreman and Randolph Bresnik began repressurizing the International Space Station's Quest airlock module at 3:39 p.m. EST to close out a successful six-hour and eight-minute spacewalk.
Running well ahead of schedule, Foreman and Bresnik completed all of their planned work with no major problems and had enough time to complete a variety of get-ahead tasks, including deployment of a final payload attachment mechanism that had been planned for the crew's final spacewalk Monday.
They even found time to enjoy the view from 220 miles up.
"OK, guys, we're coming over Houston in the next 10 seconds," spacewalk coordinator Bobby Satcher radioed from inside Atlantis.
"I can see my house from here," Foreman joked.
"I think I see mine, too," Bresnik said.
"Hello Houston!" Foreman exclaimed.
"That's pretty cool," Bresnik agreed.
The astronauts installed an antenna assembly on the station's Columbus lab module, relocated a device that measures the electrical environment around the lab complex, deployed one of two remaining payload attachment mechanisms and installed an external television antenna to complete the planned objectives of the spacewalk.
At that point, Foreman and Bresnik were running about two hours ahead of schedule.
"They're really kicking butt on the timeline," shuttle commander Charles Hobaugh told mission control.
After returning to the Quest airlock to recharge their oxygen supplies, Foreman and Bresnik deployed the final payload attach mechanism, inspected suspect wiring for a newly installed antenna system and repositioned a tool stanchion and a foot restraint.
The Atlantis astronauts have now logged 12 hours and 45 minutes of EVA time through two spacewalks, boosting the station's total to 843 hours and 36 minutes since assembly began in 1998.
Today's spacewalk began when the astronauts switched their spacesuits to battery power at 9:31 a.m. EST.
This is the 135th spacewalk devoted to station assembly and maintenance and the 16th so far this year. Foreman was making his fifth spacewalk while Bresnik was making his first.
Earlier today, station flight engineer Jeffrey Williams and European Space Agency Commander Frank De Winne used the lab's robot arm to move a second Express Logistics Carrier pallet loaded with spare components to a mounting point on the right side of the station's power truss.
Installing the two ELCs was the primary goal of Atlantis' mission.
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