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STS-124: Flight Day 6

After yesterday's debut of the largest ISS module, Thursday will see Discovery's spacewalkers venture out for more orbital construction work. NASA reports:

Second Spacewalk on Tap Today

Crew enters Kibo
Image above: Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide holds up a sign for the camera as he enters the Kibo lab for the first time. Photo credit: NASA TV

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Mission Specialists Mike Fossum and Ron Garan are stepping into the void of space again today. The second STS-124 spacewalk is slated to begin at 11:32 a.m. EDT.

STS-124 spacewalkers Mike Fossum and Ron Garan. Image from NASA STS-124 EVA Briefing GraphicsThe spacewalkers will install two cameras on the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory and prepare the laboratory for the attachment of the smaller section of the module. The Japanese Experiment Logistics Module - Pressurized Section was delivered during STS-123.

In addition, Garan and Fossum will prepare for a nitrogen tank assembly swap that they will make on the mission’s third spacewalk.

For the final tasks of today’s spacewalk, Garan will join Fossum on the left truss to remove an external television camera that has a failing power supply. They will bring the camera inside with them, where the power supply will be replaced, and then reinstall it during the third spacewalk.

STS-124 Mission Information
› STS-124 Mission TV Schedule
› STS-124 Execute Packages
› STS-124 Mission Summary (539 Kb PDF)
› STS-124 Press Kit (7 Mb PDF)
› Meet the Crew

Flight Day 5 Highlights here. Flight Day 4 pics and video are up at the JSC Gallery. More pics and video at KSC. Discussion here. Status Report #10 here. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV.