Feeds

Atlantis 'nauts kick off final spacewalk

Battery bolting duties continue

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Atlantis mission specialists Michael Good and Garrett Reisman exited the International Space Station at 12:27 GMT to kick off the third and final STS-132 mission spacewalk.

First up, the pair will "install an ammonia jumper on the Port 4/Port 5 truss". NASA explains: "The cable is a backup for the existing system. It would allow for an easier swap to this fluid line for ammonia, which is used to cool the space station's systems."

The astronauts will then swap out the last two of six nickel-hydrogen battery units on the orbiting outpost's Port 6 truss, completing the work successfully begun on the first two EVAs.

The old batteries are bolted to the Integrated Cargo Carrier at the end of the Station's robotic arm, for subsequent return to Earth aboard Atlantis. Here's a pic of Good and Reisman securing the first, about one hour and 15 minutes into their EVA:

Spacewalkers bolt old battery to Integrated Cargo Carrier. Pic: NASA TV

If there's time, Good and Reisman will wrap their excursion by moving "a power and data grapple fixture from Atlantis’ cargo bay into the station". This will "be installed later on the Zarya module, to provide a base for the station arm to work in that area".

The spacewalk is available live on NASA TV, right here. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
PORTAL TO ELSEWHERE scried in small galaxy far, far away
Supermassive black hole dominates titchy star formation
Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around
Surprises at the nano-scale mean our ideas about how they charge could be all wrong
Edge Research Lab to tackle chilly LOHAN's final test flight
Our US allies to probe potential Vulture 2 servo freeze
Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen
No word yet on whether backup site is labelled 'K'
Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS
Pixhawk avionics juice issue sorted, onwards to Spaceport America
prev story

Whitepapers

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.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
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?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.