Feeds

Third ISS space walk done and dusted

Home stretch for mission STS-124

New hybrid storage solutions

Mission specialists Michael Fossum and Ronald Garan yesterday completed their third and final spacewalk outside the International Space Station - a six-and-a-half hour jaunt which ended at 20:28 GMT.

Ron Garan works outside the ISS during the mission's third spacewalk. Photo: NASAThe pair's main task was to replace a 249kg nitrogen tank which pressurises the station's ammonia cooling system. While Garan tackled that (see pic), Fossum busied himself examining one of the paddle-wheel joints which pivot the ISS's solar panels into optimum sun-catching positions and which has become contaminated with metal shavings. Engineers are mulling how best to rectify the problem.

The spacewalkers also resinstalled the video camera they'd previously detatched, duly repaired with a new power supply, removed a window cover from Japan's Kibo lab and unlocked the facility's robotic arm.

Discovery is due to depart the ISS on Wednesday, and the home stretch of the mission today includes manoevering the Kibo robotic arm into its stowed position, checking the arm's brakes and replacing battery charger modules which provide power to US suits during spacewalks and which have "shown slightly increased toxicity levels due to their age". ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS
Weighed several adult elephants, contend boffins
Chelyabinsk-sized SURPRISE asteroid to skim Earth, satnav birds
Space rock appears out of nowhere, buzzes planet on Sunday
City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub
Boozed-up ancients drank beer before tearing corpses apart
'Duck face' selfie in SPAAAACE: Rosetta's snap with bird comet
Probe prepares to make first landing on fast-moving rock
Square Kilometre Array reveals its 1.6TB-a-day storage and network rigs
Boolardy Engineering Test Array - aka BETA - is about to come out of Beta
LOHAN invites ENTIRE REG READERSHIP to New Mexico shindig
Well, those of you who back our Kickstarter tin-rattling...
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.