Saturday, March 21, 2009

Arizona geologist makes spacewalk


Astronaut Joseph Acaba, who earned his master's degree in geology from UA in 1992, made his first spacewalk today, spending more than six and a half hours outside the space station, with fellow astronaut Steve Swanson. They worked on a truss, installed another GPS antenna, and photographed areas for further work.

Update 3-22-09: the news this morning reported that Mr. Acaba, while suspended in space, with no 'up' or 'down,' inserted a pin upside down, jamming some mechanism.

Having known some members of the space corps, I expect that his compatriots are going to ride him mercilessly about this, with appropriate denigration of geologists in general.

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