On April 11, 2010 American astronauts STS-131 Mission Specialists Richard Mastracchio and Clayton Anderson completed a seven-hour and 26-minute spacewalk.
In the NASA photo: astronaut Richard Mastracchio participates in the spacewalk.
Using a combination of robotics and spacewalking expertise, Discovery’s crew members installed a new Ammonia Tank Assembly (ATA) on the International Space Station’s Starboard 1 truss. Mission Control verified that electrical connections with the ATA are working. Because of a troublesome bolt, the spacewalkers fell behind the timeline and wer
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On April 09, 2010 American astronauts Clayton Anderson and Richard Mastracchio performed the first of three planned spacewalks.
They configured an old Ammonia Tank Assembly (ATA) for removal and prepared a new ATA for installation. On the center-most portion of the station’s backbone, they replaced a Rate Gyro Assembly, part of the station’s navigation system.
On April 07, 2010 Space shuttle Discovery (STS-131 flight) docked with the International Space Station at 07:44 UTC.
Discovery delivered to the station new science racks and ammonia tanks. While there, two shuttle astronauts will perform three spacewalks to switch out ammonia tanks on the station.
In the photo: the station's robotic Canadarm2 grapples the Leonardo Multi-purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) from the payload bay of the docked space shuttle Discovery (STS-131) for relocation to a port on the Harmony node of the International Space Station.
On April 05, 2010 at 10:21 UTC the "Discovery” American Space Shuttle (STS-131 flight) was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA.
The shuttle Discovery carries a crew of seven and 10 tons of supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station.
Seated are NASA astronauts Alan Poindexter (right), commander; and James Dutton Jr., pilot. Pictured from the left (standing) are NASA astronauts Richard Mastracchio, Stephanie Wilson, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Naoko Yamazaki and NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson, all mission specialists.
Twice Hero of the Soviet Union, he had many other awards and medals. He graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute in 1959 and joined Sergey Korolev's design bureau, where he worked on the design of the Vostok spacecraft. He also lectured at the Cosmonaut Training Centre, teaching the physics of spaceflight. In 1967 he commenced cosmonaut training himself. After two successful missions, including a two-month stay aboard the Salyut 4 space station, he was stood down from active flight status in 1976. He worked in ground control for the Salyut 6 station before returning to spacecraft design in the 1980s to work on the Buran project. He was president of the Soviet
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On April 04, 2010 at 05:24 UTC the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft completed a smooth docking with the International Space Station boosting the station's crew from three to six.
With commander Alexander Skvortsov monitoring a problem-free, automated approach, the Soyuz TMA-18 docked to the Station's new Poisk module.
After extensive leak checks, hatches were opened at 3:19 a.m. and Skvortsov, flight engineer Mikhail Kornienko and NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson were welcomed aboard by Expedition 23 commander Oleg Kotov, Soichi Noguchi and Timothy Creamer. All six then gathered in the Zvezda command module for a traditional call fro
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