NASA Audio File

During a briefing Aug. 7 at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, officials discussed the first of two spacewalks to replace a faulty oven-sized cooling system component in the International Space Station’s truss that failed July 31.  

NASA spacewalkers Doug Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell Dyson focused on removing the ammonia pump module that failed and putting its replacement in place. A second spacewalk is planned for Wednesday, Aug. 11, to complete the repairs.

Mike Suffredini
International Space Station Program Manager

Cut 1 (:07):  T-C and wheels just completed the longest increment EVA in the history of the program at 8 hours and 3 minutes. 
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 The team is in great spirits, they did a great job today.  It’s disappointing that we didn’t get further along in the plan but the system is stable and the team is ready to take on the challenge of rescheduling the EVAs and getting back out there to complete the job. 
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Courtenay McMillan
Expedition 24 Spacewalk Flight Director

Cut 3 (:10):  The team is hoping to put together a sequence – given the configuration that we’re in that we can succeed and probably a couple of more EVAs to get the job done. 
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