[FPSPACE] Meanwhile, in space...
ljk4 at msn.com
Tue Feb 6 13:18:51 EST 2007
Sunita Williams Sets Womens Spacewalking Record
February 5, 2007 by Fraser Cain
Astronaut Sunita Williams during the first EVA. Image credit: NASA
Astronauts Mike Lopez-Alegria and Sunita Williams spent another day in space
on Sunday, continuing the process of switching over the International Space
Stations power and cooling systems.
Spacewalks are pretty important in themselves, but during the journey
outside, Williams broke the record for the most time spent spacewalking by a
The primary goal of the journey outside the International Space Station was
to hook up the new permanent cooling system. Since a tiny amount of ammonia
leaked out during the first spacewalk, NASA had the astronauts take extra
precautions. It could be dangerous to the astronauts if it got into the
stations air system.
This latest spacewalk lasted more than 7 hours, and brought Williams total
time to 22 hours and 27 minutes. This record should get broken again in a
few days when Williams heads outside again for a third and final spacewalk
within 9 days on February 8th.
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