June 2008
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High-Def Space Miniseries Debuts Tonight

Tonight at 9PM EDT, the Discovery Channel will show the first of a three-part, six-hour space series called "When We Left Earth". The series will feature footage from NASA's first 50 years that has never been seen in high-def video before (it will air in standard-def too). View the trailer here.

STS-124: EVA #3 Underway

Discovery's third (and what should be final) spacewalk of this mission started 37 minutes ahead of schedule, with the EVA team leaving the airlock at 9:37AM EDT. NASA reports:

Fossum and Garan Conduct Mission’s Third Spacewalk

STS-124 Mission Specialist Ron Garan
Image above: STS-124 Mission Specialist Ron Garan exits the Quest airlock at the start of the mission's third spacewalk. Photo credit: NASA TV

Spacewalkers Mike Fossum and Ron Garan left the International Space Station’s Quest airlock at 9:55 a.m. EDT. STS-124 Commander Mark Kelly helped the spacewalkers get ready for the 6.5-hour excursion.

During the two previous spacewalks Fossum and Garan outfitted Japan’s Kibo module and did station maintenance tasks. Today, they are replacing a nitrogen tank assembly, installing TV equipment and removing a thermal cover from Japan’s new robotic arm.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide has activated Kibo’s robotic arm monitor for camera support as the spacewalkers work outside the station. Hoshide and Mission Specialist Karen Nyberg are assisting Fossum and Garan with Canadarm2, the station’s main robotic arm.

After the spacewalk, Hoshide and Nyberg will continue outfitting the vestibule inside Kibo’s pressurized logistics module. They also will deploy and maneuver Japan’s robotic arm to its stowed position.

New Expedition 17 Flight Engineer Greg Chamitoff and his predecessor, Mission Specialist Garrett Reisman, continue handover activities. Reisman, who has been on the station since March and is now a member of the STS-124 crew, will go home on space shuttle Discovery completing a three-month stay in space.

Follow the action with video and chat at Justin.TV. Flight Day 8 Highlights here. Flight Day 8 pics and video are up at the JSC Gallery. More pics and video at KSC. Discussion here. Status Report #16 here. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV.