NASA Extends the World Wide Web Out Into Space

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station received a special software upgrade this week – personal access to the Internet and the World Wide Web via the ultimate wireless connection.

The five-member Expedition 22 crew is also preparing for new deliveries after a busy two weeks in orbit. They completed a Russian spacewalk and relocated the Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft from the Zvezda service module to the new Poisk Mini-Research Module-2. Canada’s Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator, or DEXTRE, was also repositioned for Saturday’s move of Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 (PMA-3).

This weekend’s robotics work and a station reboost are in preparation for the upcoming STS-130 shuttle mission. On Saturday, Commander Jeff Williams and Creamer will operate Canadarm2, the station’s robotic arm, to grapple and remove the PMA-3 from the port side of the Unity Node. They will then berth it to the zenith, or top, side of the Harmony Node.

On Sunday, Zvezda’s engines will be fired lifting the station’s orbit to the proper altitude for the docking of space shuttle Endeavour planned for Feb. 9. The six-member crew of Endeavour is targeted to launch on Feb. 7 and deliver the Tranquility Node and Cupola.

Before Endeavour arrives, a Russian Progress 36 vehicle loaded with supplies to replenish the International Space Station will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Feb. 3 and dock two days later.

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