Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Last Shuttle-Era Spacewalk Now History

International Space Station astronauts Mike Fossum and Ron Garan are back inside the U.S. Quest airlock after the final spacewalk of the shuttle era.

The spacewalk was the 249th for American astronauts, the 203rd in the shuttle program and the 160 in the assembly and maintenance of the International Space Station. Spacewalkers from the U.S., Russia, Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Sweden now have tallied 1009 hours and nine minutes raising the outpost.

Today's spacewalk started at 9:22 a.m. and was completed at 2:53 p.m. Total time: six hours and 31 minutes.

It was the seventh spacewalk for Fossum. Fossum's 48 hours and 32 minutes now ranks seven on the list of most experienced spacewalkers.

It was the fourth for Garan. It also was the fourth the two have performed together. The did three other spacewalks together on a station assembly mission in 2008. His total spacewalk time: 27 hours and three minutes.

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