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Tom
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posted 06-26-2013 04:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a question regarding the EVA (spacewalk) by Michael Fossum and Ron Garan that took place during the STS-135 mission.

Is it considered a shuttle or ISS EVA?

The reason I ask is because neither EVA crew member was actually a part of the shuttle flight crew, and looking through my records ISS (U.S.) EVA #17 took place in August 2010 during Increment 24, and U.S. EVA #18 took place during Increment 32 in August 2012.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-26-2013 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The spacewalk was considered an STS-135 EVA. From the mission's press kit:
The last spacewalk to be performed by space shuttle crew members took place on STS-134, but not the last spacewalk to be performed during a space shuttle mission.

Although STS-135 was not originally intended to include a spacewalk, the desire to return a pump module that failed on the International Space Station in 2010 to the Earth for analysis made one necessary, and over time other tasks were added to it as well. With only four people, however, the STS-135 crew was too small to perform a spacewalk on top of all of its other work. So members of the Expedition 28 crew were recruited for the job, though the shuttle crew members will still support the spacewalk from inside the space station.

Tom
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posted 06-26-2013 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Robert.

Jay Chladek
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posted 07-04-2013 08:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Plus, the other thing to keep in mind is while Rex Walheim didn't go out the airlock door, he did hands on NBL training to refine the techniques for the EVA while the spacewalkers themselves were in final preparations for their launch on the Soyuz.

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