Posted: Tuesday, 24 December 2013 11:40AM

SECOND SPACE WALK FOR MIKE HOPKINS



SECOND SPACE WALK FOR LACLEDE COUNTY NATIVE MIKE HOPKINS 12/24/2013

It may be Christmas Eve but work goes on 200 miles above the earth as Lebanon born Mike Hopkins and one other Astronaut, Rick Mastracchio, continue repairs on the Internation Space Station.

The two astronauts began their work early tuesday morning to repair one of the cooling systems that had been non-operational since December 11th. After a period of about 3 hours the two astronauts had successfully bolted a replacement ammonia pump module into its location and were working to connect lines to allow the ammonia to flow, NASA said.The two engineers were carrying out the second in a series of expeditions needed to replace a malfunctioning pump, which circulates ammonia through loops outside the station to keep equipment cool. The pump developed problems December 11 when an internal valve stuck in an incorrect position. The space station's life support system remains up and running, but operations were cut back as a result of the problem, NASA said reducing the experiments planned on board the space station.

Mike Hopkins was born in Lebanon then raised in Richland. Hopkins Mother and Step-Father reside in the Lake Area.

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