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Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-03-2007 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Parazynski is being moved to a viewing position for deploy of the solar array!

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posted 11-03-2007 10:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Five hours and one minute into the spacewalk and we are go for half-bay deploy!

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Who needs MacGyver...job well done, Dr. Parazynski! Moist Towelett?

Robert Pearlman
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The array is currently at 24 bays deployed, with seven bays to go. The deployment will proceed one half-bay at a time.

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One full bay deployed, no problems... six bays to go.

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Two bays deployed, "looks good," five bays to go.

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posted 11-03-2007 10:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Four bays to go...

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posted 11-03-2007 10:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SIERRA HOTEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Full Deploy!!!

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"And no deploy, oh? We've got deployed discretes, two deployed discretes!" announced Tani, indicating full deployment of the array.

"Beautiful, what an accomplishment," said Parazynski.

"Excellent works guys, excellent!" said Whitson.

"But it's not over yet, we've got to get you inside," radioed Whitson to Parazynski and Wheelock.

"That would be nice," said Parazynski.

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posted 11-03-2007 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
COL Melroy sounds like a lot the COs I've worked for. "It's never over until all lines are doubled on the pier."

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Five hours and 20 minutes into the spacewalk and the spacewalkers have completed the solar array repair.

"Robeau, take me home!" radioed Parazynski to robotic arm operator Stephanie "Robeau" Wilson.

"Copy that, we're bringing you home," replied Wilson.

"Well done, Scott," said Wheelock.

"You, too," Parazynski answered. "The whole crew and the whole flight control team, Team 4 that came up with this brilliant concept."

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-03-2007 10:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by NavySpaceFan:
Just re-wound my TiVo, in reference to the camera, she said: "Put the Papa Oscar Sierra on top the krulac (sp?) bag."
The 'krulac bag' is actually the crewlock bag. As to what POS referred to, I'm not sure.

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Listening in context, this was when Scott was having issues with his digital camera, and wanted to put it in his bag to keep it out of his way while he worked. COL Melroy rogered up and said put the Papa Oscar Sierra in the crewlock bag.

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posted 11-03-2007 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And the spacewalkers are reunited back on the truss, as they deconfigure the OBSS.

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Robert,

It looks like you are spending Saturday morning the same way I am. I've been knocking off screen shots since 5:30 AM EDT. We seemed to have all the same shots. I didn't get an image of the lost tool, but it sounds like nobody did. Right now I am at 93 pngs. As soon as the hatch is locked, I'll have to grab some coffee and start editing.

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posted 11-03-2007 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
if it wasn't so politically incorrect today for them to say, once inside, I hear the chant of "It's Miller Time" from the crews.

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posted 11-03-2007 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today's spacewalk by the numbers:
  • Total duration: 7 hours, 19 minutes

  • Total EVA time for STS-120: 27 hours, 14 minutes (spread over four EVAs)

  • Total career EVA time for EV-1, Scott Parazynski: 47 hours, 5 minutes (Parazynski now ranks fifth in the world in cumulative spacewalk time, spread over seven EVAs.)

  • Total career EVA time for EV-2, Doug Wheelock: 20 hours, 41 minutes (spread over three EVAs)

  • Number of spacewalks devoted to ISS assembly: 96 (595 hours, 10 minutes)

  • Number of spacewalks in history: 279

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posted 11-03-2007 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nothing will probably ever silence the "machine in space only" crowd, but this proves AGAIN that humans are necessary in space.

Great Job to the crew of Alpha, Discovery and the MCC who thought up the repair, and helped the on orbit folks cram until they understood.

IMHO they all should be awarded the Congressional Space Medal for this outstanding job that saved the ISS.

Tim

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"It will look good in a shadow box someday," joked Parazynski, referring to the wires.

According to mission managers, Scott Parazynski may have to "bargain" with the station program if he'd like to see his frayed wire and grommet "souvenir" in "a shadow box someday." It will likely be desired needed for further study post-flight.

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They ought to give it to him for the incredable bravery he showed.

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IMHO they all should be awarded the Congressional Space Medal for this outstanding job that saved the ISS.
Concur with Tim, Congressional Space Medals (or the Russian and Italian equivalent) for both crews. Also, the crew of STS-122 need to buy a round for these guys when they get back. Listening to the Mission Update, it sounds like 1E is a go based on these repairs.

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For the 1st time (I believe), the TV Evening news (Chanel 2 / France 2) began with this solar array repair during 3 minutes. And they congratulated the astronauts... First time to see that. Usually, when the news related space missions, it's always for problems...

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OK. Let's cut to the obvious. What's it worth? It's been in space for 7 years!

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Okay - if its okay with everyone I really want to jump up and down tonight. My kids were glued to the TV with me this morning and they have been beaming all day. I invented the PAD (and hold the patent on it) that was used to allow Scott to stand on the OBSS. I guess without it they would never have been able to do this job so I'm kinda walkin around tonight with my head held high - I actually made a difference!!

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This was NASA at it's best. Skylab, Apollo 13, STS-120, NASA can do!!!! The NASA "family" came through and showed the world the right stuff.
As said before,"let's see a machine do that!"

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posted 11-04-2007 10:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This was in today's execute package uplinked to the crew by flight controllers:
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What an AWESOME, history-making EVA! This one will go down as one of our biggest successes in EVA history. Words can not express how proud you made everyone with the execution by the entire team. Scott, what a way to add to an already impressive EVA career! The summit of Everest will have a hard time competing with the view from the boom.

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It will likely be desired needed for further study post-flight.
From the Flight Day 13 (Sunday) execute package:
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For Scott - the ground would like to get the SAW hardware pieces returned for review. We suggest you place them in a ziplock bag and label it SAW Hardware for return. You can place this in the EVA Tools Bag C for transfer over to shuttle. We'll plan to place it in the External A/L floor bag with the other EVA tools.

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posted 11-05-2007 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Cliff Lentz:
I didn't get an image of the lost tool, but it sounds like nobody did.
Apparently, the crew did:

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