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HOUSTON, Texas — International Space Station managers and the international partners approved plans late Friday for a spacewalk on Saturday by Expedition 35 crew members Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn.
The purpose of the spacewalk, which is expected to begin around 8:15 a.m. and should last around 6 1/2 hours, is to inspect and possibly replace a pump controller box on the station’s far port truss (P6) suspected of leaking ammonia coolant.
A leak of ammonia coolant from the area near or at the location of a Pump and Flow Control Subassembly was detected on Thursday, prompting engineers and flight controllers to begin plans to support the spacewalk. The device contains the mechanical systems that drive the cooling functions for the port truss.
The P6 truss was launched to the station as the oldest component of the station’s backbone aboard the shuttle Endeavour on the STS-97 mission in November 2000. It was relocated from its original installation position to the far left side of the station during the STS-120 mission of the shuttle Discovery in October/November 2007
The spacewalk will be the 168th in support of the assembly and maintenance of the space station and the third for both Cassidy and Marshburn, who conducted two spacewalks together during the STS-127 mission of the shuttle Endeavour to the station in July 2009.
Cassidy is designated as Extravehicular crew member 1 (EV 1) whose spacesuit will be distinguished by red stripes. Marshburn is designed Extravehicular crew member 2 (EV 2), and will wear the suit with no stripes.
Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency will serve as the intravehicular crew member or IV, choreographing the suit up of the spacewalkers and their tasks outside.