The STS-120 astronauts will have an extra day to prepare for their mission’s fourth spacewalk, as the International Space Station Program has changed its priority from inspection of a rotary joint to repair of a solar array. The spacewalk, which was planned for Thursday, will be moved to Friday, or possibly Saturday if extra time is needed for preparation.
The crew spent part of Wednesday preparing for the spacewalk they would have taken on Thursday, which will put them ahead of schedule for preparations for Friday’s spacewalk. They also took time out to participate in a news conference with reporters from the United States, Italy and Russia.
Mission Specialist and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli and STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy also talked to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. The astronauts took questions from the Italian leader while they were inside the Harmony node.
UPDATE: 1:00pm EDT
Thursday, November 01, 2007
* Fourth Spacewalk Now Pushed Back to Saturday *
Friday’s spacewalk, already pushed back from Thursday, has been pushed back again one more day to Saturday. The shuttle and station crews will continue spacewalk preparations, transfer activities and enjoy some off-duty time today...
* Read the latest updates on Flight/Spacewalks HERE