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SRB
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posted 12-19-2006 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SRB   Click Here to Email SRB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert,

I just want to add my thanks for this comprehensive report. With all the pictures, it's almost as good as being there

Steve

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posted 12-19-2006 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These photos taken by Christer Fuglesang during yesterday's spacewalk should be added to NASA's website soon:

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posted 12-19-2006 10:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a fantastic job they did! I watched the whole thing on my computer.

I think Steve Robinson is the quintessential CAP COM. Always giving positive reinforcement regardless of the difficulty or the outcome and you know it's sincere because the praise is right there. Never has to stop and think about what to say.

Too bad they don't give parades and medals for these types of efforts. They all deserve one of each as do the ground support people.

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posted 12-19-2006 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ejectr:
Too bad they don't give parades and medals for these types of efforts. They all deserve one of each as do the ground support people.
Parades aside (though if tradition holds true, at least some of the crew will take part in hometown parades), the STS-116 crew along with the lead flight director and key ground support teams and individuals will each be bestowed awards and medals at a ceremony to be held at Space Center Houston sometime after the mission.

Also, the crew will receive a very warm welcome home to Houston at Ellington Air Force Base on Dec. 23 (assuming a Friday landing) which often has the feeling of a "static" parade.

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posted 12-19-2006 11:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An earlier post on this topic said that the tools were wrapped in the kapton tape to protect the astronauts from electrical shock. I find it interesting that the working end of the needle nose pliers were taped instead of the handles. Wouldn't there be some risk that the tape might be abraded due to contact with metal and provide a conduit for the electricity to flow into the tool? I know that NASA would not take a risk like this so obviously I'm missing something.


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