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1:30 a.m. CDT Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
05.19.10
STATUS REPORT : STS-132-10
STS-132 MCC Status Report #10
HOUSTON – The flight control team and on-orbit crew prepare for another excursion into space today. Astronauts will replace station batteries and fix a camera cable on today’s spacewalk, the second of the mission.

The wake up music was “Start Me Up” by the Rolling Stones. The song, played at 1:20 a.m. CDT, was dedicated to Piers Sellers, who is on his third spaceflight.

Astronauts Stephen Bowen and Michael Good are expected to egress from the Quest Airlock at 6:15 a.m. to get an early start on the spacewalk. First, Bowen will adjust a cable on the end of the orbiter boom. This brief task was added after discovering early in the flight that the cable was inhibiting a camera from maneuvering correctly. Bowen will adjust the cable and use a plastic tie to hold it in position.

Next, the two spacewalkers will replace three batteries on the station port solar array. Each of the batteries weighs more than 360 pounds and will require an intricate choreography between the spacewalkers to swap out safely. The spacewalk is expected to last six and a half hours.

Throughout the spacewalk, shuttle Commander Ken Ham will provide photo and television support, Pilot Tony Antonelli will serve as the intravehicular officer and Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman and Sellers will again operate the station robotic arm. Expedition 23 Flight Engineer Tracy Caldwell Dyson will assist with spacewalk preparations as well.

Her station crew counterparts, Commander Oleg Kotov, Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov, Mikhail Kornienko, Soichi Noguchi and T.J. Creamer will work on varied space station activities, including packing unneeded supplies into the Progress and Soyuz spacecraft.

The next shuttle status report will be issued at the end of the crew workday, or earlier if warranted.

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