Before spacewalkers Stephen Bowen and Shane Kimbrough stepped outside one last time, the crew of Endeavour learned than another day was added to their mission. NASA spokesperson William Jeffs says it gives the 10-crew members more time to trouble shoot a jammed solar wing rotary joint, squirt extra grease on another joint that is working and fix a machine that turns urine into drinking water.
“This water recovery system converts condensate into station’s air conditioning system and urine into portable water for the crew for drinking purposes and personal hygiene.”
Jeffs says the mission extension also means turkey and fixins’ up in space.
“Aboard Endeavour for Thanksgiving dinner we have smoked turkey, candied yams, green beans and mushrooms, cornbread dressing, cran-apple desserts and of course, beverages for all the crew members to enjoy on Thanksgiving.”
Shuttle Endeavour will now undock from the International Space Station on November 26…with landing scheduled for November 30th.
Pat Hernandez, KUHF…Houston Public Radio News.