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ISS On-Orbit Status 01/27/11 -- All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below.
At 6:39am EST, JAXA’s HTV2 (H-IIB Transfer Vehicle 2) “Kounotori“ was successfully grappled by Paolo Nespoli & Cady Coleman, assisted by Scott Kelly, with the SSRMS (Space Station Remote Manipulator System). The SSRMS snares were closed at 6:40am and capture was completed at 6:41am (fully rigidized). Later, at ~10:00am, the HTV-2 vehicle was successfully berthed to the nadir port of ISS Node-2. Hatch opening and initial entry into the vehicle are planned for tomorrow.
Originally posted by JimOberg
Another datum: EVA hatches open inwards, so that the internal air pressure pushes them against the rim seals when not in use -- it's a safety design feature. The US airlock hatch also has an external dust cover that is so flimsy it ripples and bends as it flaps around. But window covers of course must swing out to open.
Dust cover or the Quest airlock hatch opening outwards?
Originally posted by Ahmose
I was watching this when it happened.
(also recorded it)
And it is just a window that was opened.
So maybe they just wanted a peek. lol
Originally posted by gandalphthegrey
In light of your recent thread about the triangle going across the moon , I will treat everything you post as a hoax