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Canada's Mobile Base Gets High Score

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2002

During this mission astronauts used Canadarm2 to gently and efficiently move the Mobile Base, a one-tonne aluminum work platform, to rest it atop the U.S.-built Mobile Transporter that will carry the base along rails spanning the length of the International Space Station.

The Mobile Base follows Canadarm2 as the second of three elements of Canada's contribution to the Station.

From Houston and Saint-Hubert, mission ground controllers conducted a multitude of tests and trials on the cameras and the electronic connections of the Mobile Base, to ensure that all electrical and video systems were working perfectly. The base is performing flawlessly.

"The Mobile Base is extremely well designed and thanks to the Canadian Space Agency we feel fully confident," said French astronaut Philippe Perin during a live news conference with the crew from the International Space Station.

Program for June 13, 2002 (Flight Day 9)

  • 11:03 a.m. EDT: Third spacewalk begins. Astronauts will replace one of Canadarm2's seven joints.
  • 6:30 p.m.: NASA Status Briefing on the joint replacement of Canadarm2. A CSA representative will participate in the briefing. Media can watch live coverage of the briefing on NASA TV or on the NASA Website. 0A
  • CSA spokespersons will be available for interviews throughout the day and after the briefing.

    For live coverage, media can log on to the NASA TV satellite on GE-2, Transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz and audio of 6.8 MHz or via the Internet at

    www.nasa.gov/ntv/ntvweb.html

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