HOUSTON, USA AND
U.S. astronauts Joe Allen and Dale Gardner slipped out of the airlock on the space shuttle Discovery on November 12 to start the first extra-terrestrial salvage operation.
HOUSTON, USA AND
1. GV Mission Control, Houston 0.07
2. IN SPACE Satellite being launched, Mission Control equipment, Houston, satellite rotating away from spacecraft (5 shots) 0.46
3. SV Craft interior astronauts speaking to Earth, waving goodbye 0.56
4. GVs & SVs Crew going through hatch to enter satellite area, implement drawing satellite to craft; Mission Control in Houston... satellite outside spacecraft (8 shots) 1.53
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Background: HOUSTON, USA AND
U.S. astronauts Joe Allen and Dale Gardner slipped out of the airlock on the space shuttle Discovery on November 12 to start the first extra-terrestrial salvage operation. Allen started a six-hour space walk to retrieve a British-owned communications satellite which has been stranded in useless orbit since its launch in February. Tethered to the shuttle, the two men floated to the open cargo bay where Allen donned a jet backpack to fly over the Palapa satellite, which Discovery plans to bring back to earth. Allen's task was to insert a specially-designed tool with a pole called a 'stinger' into the satellite's booster engine, then trigger a spring-loaded device that snapped open, clamping firmly to the satellite. He then used the backpack to halt the satellite's slow rotation and guide it to the shuttle. This is the first attempt to recover a satellite from space. Discovery will carry out another salvage operation on November 14, with Allen and Gardner reversing roles to retrieve the Wester satellite, which was released at the same time as Palapa and suffered the same booster rocket malfunction. Westar is about 1,000 kilometres (700 miles) ahead of Palapa in the same orbit.
Source: NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)