Feeds

Woman sets new spacewalking record

And another lined up for Thursday

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Sunita Williams has taken the women's world record for the most time spacewalking, after completing a seven hour excursion outside the International Space Station (ISS).

The jaunt took Williams' total time spent in vacuum to 22 hours and 27 minutes. The previous record was 21 hours, held by Kathy Thornton.

Williams has been on three spacewalks since December and is scheduled to go on a record fourth later this week. She was on the spacewalk with Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria, who was taking his eighth stroll outside the airlock.

The two astronauts were working to finish connecting cooling loops from a temporary to a permanent system, NASA says. The pair started work on disconnecting the old cooling system during the two previous spacewalks. This time, they were also rerouting cooling fluid, and helping retract a radiator that had been used as part of the temporary cooling system.

Williams and Lopez-Alegria now have to recharge their suits' batteries to prepare for their next scheduled spacewalk, this Thursday. NASA has never attempted so many spacewalks in so short a period of time without the Shuttle on hand to help. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less
'Some might find this idea offensive' boffin admits
LOHAN crash lands on CNN
Overflies Die Welt en route to lively US news vid
Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill
Hiding from this space pimple isn't going to do humanity's reputation any good
Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box
Phytosanitary treatment renders Vulture 2 crate fit for export
No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer
'Solar sail' demonstrator project binned
Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody
Cringeworthy, crude and crass jokes abound in Steven Erikson’s sci-fi debut
Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE
Fossil find proves it first happened 385 million years ago
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.