Andrew Feustel and Mike Fincke Encounter Bolt Trouble During Space Walk

By on May 23, 2011 in Astronomy, Science, United States, World Comments

Andrew Feustel and Mike Fincke
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Mike Fincke and Andrew Feustel, two astronauts from the shuttle Endeavour, ran into a bit of trouble while conducting maintenance work on the International Space Station, last Sunday, May 22, 2011, as reported earlier by several international news sites.

According to reports, the two were trying to lubricate a joint in the life-sustaining solar power of the station when a bolt floated away and a washer got stuck between the cover and an attachment.

The two astronauts went into overtime in order to do what they could. They managed to lubricate four sections of the joint, two fewer than planned, and reinstall three covers. The fourth cover was brought back inside because of the loose bolts.

“You guys earned your pay for the day,” astronaut Gregory Chamitoff radioed from inside. The space walkers reportedly joked about getting paid, saying their reward was being outside watching the world spin by.

The pair was able to successfully add ammonia to the space station’s coolant system.

Fincke and Feustel’s spacewalk was the second of four planned for shuttle Endeavour‘s final space station visit. The spacewalk went 1 1/2 hours longer than planned, lasting more than eight hours and set the record for the sixth longest in history.

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