2007-10-28 - ISS and Shuttle workAstronauts work to expand ISS
Shuttle-Crew bringt Ausbau-Modul zur Raumstation<br /> STS-120 Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski and Doug Wheelock kicked off STS-120's first spacewalk at 6:02 a.m. EDT to prepare Harmony for removal from Discovery's payload bay.
The excursion is scheduled to wrap up at about 12:32 p.m. Mission Specialist Paolo Nespoli is the spacewalk coordinator, assisting the spacewalkers with their tasks from inside the spacecraft. Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson and Clay Anderson and Expedition 16 Flight Engineer Daniel Tani are at the controls of the station's Canadian-built robotic arm.
Two female commanders made space history as they greeted one another with smiles and hugs in the International Space Station's Destiny laboratory after a flawless rendezvous and docking. Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson warmly welcomed the Space Shuttle Discovery crew at 9:39 a.m. CDT when STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy and her construction crew floated into the station, joining forces for a mission that is setting the stage for rapid-fire expansion of the international outpost. The shuttle and space station docked at 7:40 a.m. over the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of North Carolina. Prior to docking, Melroy flew Discovery through an orbital back flip while about 600 feet below the space station, allowing Expedition 16 Flight Engineers Clay Anderson and Yuri Malenchenko to take a series of high-resolution photographs of the orbiter's heat shield.
The space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew lifted off Tuesday, Oct. 23, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 11:38 a.m. EDT to continue construction of the International Space Station. During the 14-day mission, designated STS-120, Discovery's crew will continue construction of the space station with the installation of the Harmony connecting module, also known as Node 2. The crew, led by Commander Pam Melroy, will conduct five spacewalks during the mission, four by shuttle crew members and one by the station's Expedition 16 crew.