Tuesday, 28th July 2009
In General Japan News,
Japanese Space Station revamp complete
Work has been completed on the Japanese International Space Station, it has been reported.
Astronauts Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn travelled to the station on the Endeavour craft and fitted the Kibo lab with two television cameras, in the final task in the building of the £1.45 billion platform.
Building the lab has taken more than a year to complete and has required three shuttle flights.
In total, the astronauts visited Kibo for 11 days and in that time, also fitted telescopes to the platform.
As well as this, they worked on the station's solar power system and dropped off spare parts which will be used on the shuttle from next year.
The astronauts took a five-hour long spacewalk in order to complete the final tasks on the mission, taking the total spacewalk time for the whole project up to 30 hours.
Kibo is Japan's first human space facility and is made up of six areas.
Written by Kimberley Homer.
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