Subscribe Register Login

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 2:13 p.m.
Top Picks - Capture Arkansas

Astronauts make rare Christmas Eve spacewalk

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 24, 2013 at 7:29 a.m.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Two space station astronauts ventured out on a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk Tuesday, hoping to wrap up urgent repairs to a cooling system.

It was the second spacewalk in four days for U.S. astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins, and only the second Christmas Eve spacewalk in NASA history.

NASA ordered up the spacewalks to revive a critical cooling loop at the International Space Station. All nonessential equipment had to be turned off when the line conked out Dec. 11, and many science experiments halted.

Mastracchio and Hopkins removed a faulty ammonia pump during Saturday's outing. On Tuesday, they worked to install a new pump 260 miles above the planet.

NASA's only previous Christmas Eve spacewalk occurred in 1999 during a Hubble Space Telescope repair mission.

Comments on: Astronauts make rare Christmas Eve spacewalk

To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.

Subscribe Register Login

You must login to make comments.

TOP JOBS

  • Phone book delivery

    Telephone Book DeliveryPT/FT, daily work, get paid in 72 hrs...
    CONWAY, AR

  • Activities director

    admissions director Springdale Health and Rehab is in search...
    SPRINGDALE, AR

  • Teachers, & aides

    Butterfly Learning Center• Pre-School Teachers - Full- time...
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Installation tech

    installation tech/laborersinsituform Technologies,LLC has im...
    CONWAY, AR

  • Waiver coordinator

    •Full time - Bachelor's degree in social work or related fie...
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

Search 801 jobs >

Top Picks - Capture Arkansas
Arkansas Online