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July 29, 2004

Melissa Mathews
Headquarters, Washington

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston



NASA Television will provide live coverage of and commentary on the next spacewalk at the International Space Station in the early morning hours on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Coverage of the spacewalk on NASA TV will begin at 1 a.m. CDT. The Expedition 9 crew, Gennady Padalka and Mike Fincke, will open the hatch at about 2:10 a.m. CDT, and the spacewalk may last as long as six hours.

Fresh from the successful replacement of a failed power component on the Station during their last spacewalk June 30, Padalka and Fincke will venture outside the complex again from the Pirs Docking Compartment airlock in Russian spacesuits. Their tasks will be to install and refresh experiments on the outside of the Zvezda Service Module. The experiments monitor residue from jet thruster firings and measure the effects of space on a variety of materials.

Padalka, making his fifth spacewalk and Fincke, embarking on his third, will also install navigation and communications aids at the aft of Zvezda. The aids will assist in the rendezvous and docking of the unpiloted European Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo ship that will make its maiden flight to the Station next year.

One additional spacewalk is planned for Padalka and Fincke in early September. They are in the fourth month of a scheduled six-month mission on the outpost.

On July 24, NASA Television moved to a different satellite and is now seen in the continental United States on AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, Transponder 9, 3880 MHz, vertical polarization, audio at 6.8 MHz. If you live in Alaska or Hawaii, NASA TV will now be seen on AMC-7, at 137 degrees west longitude, Transponder 18, at 4060 MHz, vertical polarization, audio at 6.8 MHz.


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