Archive - Apr 15, 2010 - Story

No Fourth Spacewalk Needed; Crews to Finish Unloading Leonardo

Space Shuttle

Space shuttle Discovery's seven-member STS-131 crew will begin its day by unloading the last transfer items in the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module and then closing the hatches between it and the Harmony node in preparation for its return to the shuttle's payload bay.

Overnight International Space Station and Space Shuttle mission managers agreed there is no need for a fourth spacewalk to replace the nitrogen tank assembly that has a jammed valve. Station ground teams have determined the station can operate for an extended period of time in the current configuration. The team is continuing to troubleshoot the stuck valve and is looking at options for future replacement of the nitrogen tank assembly should that be necessary.

N5VHO – Thu, 2010 – 04 – 15 06:48

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