Sunday 22 December 2013
At first, everything went very smoothly. During repair work in space two astronauts can do even more than planned. Back on the International Space Station is one of them, however, a mistake in his spacesuit firmly.
outdoor use on the International Space Station two astronauts have successfully started the repairs on a cooling pump. The work took five hours and 28 minutes and went quickly and smoothly. The American Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio could create more than their quota, so probably just another repair in the universe is still necessary.
This was initially scheduled for Monday. But when they return to the station there were problems with Mastracchios space suit. In the pressure lock may be water occurred in a part of the suit, said the Nasa with. Therefore, the control center in Houston have decided to use a spare suit. However, this still needs to be changed and adapted. The second outdoor use is therefore now scheduled for Tuesday. The U.S. space agency stressed that at no time was one of the two astronauts have been in danger. Originally, NASA had gone out of a total of three exits.
more done than planned
Hopkins and Mastracchios task on Saturday was to dismantle the defective pump. They managed to NASA but additionally According to stow the device by using the crane arm of the station in a holder on the ISS – a job that should have been done only at the second outdoor use. Now the space agency hopes that the next exit is already a new pump can be installed.
The refrigerator-sized pump, together with another on an ammonia cycle at the ISS exterior that the equipment for the space station remains cool. On 11 December (U.S. time) she was suddenly failed, probably due to a defective valve. After that, the energy consumption in the Russian part of the station had to be clearly shut down to mitzuversorgen the U.S. module. In Japan and in the European part of the ISS half of the systems was turned off.