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Canadarm and Collaboration
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While Parazynski had dozens of hours of spacewalking experience and the ground trusted his work, the Canadian Space Agency’s Ken Podwalski still remembers the tension while watching the astronaut run through the procedures that his team helped develop.

 

“You get into this remarkable complicated [situation] ... everything piling together in terms of how bad a situation it is, but then look at the eloquence of the solution,” he said. Those elements were so simple that even a teenager could grasp them: Canadarm2, a mobile extender, cufflinks, and a hardworking team. “The way that all worked cooperatively together, it’s just almost a fascinating ... juxtaposition. I hate to use a fancy word like that, but it really kind of reflects one off the other,” Podwalski said.

 

And it worked. Did it ever work. Not only did the team save the solar array, but incredibly, this fix – thrown together over 72 gruelling hours in Montreal and Houston and other space station center locations – was still holding together beautifully nine years later, according to a photo posted on Twitter that Parazynski commented on. “Our repairs are still under warranty,” joked the retired astronaut in 2016.a href="#_ftn2" name="_ftnref2"

 

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For All Humankind

For All Humankind

The Untold Stories of How the Moon Landing Inspired the World
edition:Hardcover
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An Earthling's Guide to Outer Space

An Earthling's Guide to Outer Space

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Black Holes, Dwarf Planets, Aliens, and More
edition:Hardcover
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The Planet Factory

The Planet Factory

Exoplanets and the Search for a Second Earth
edition:Paperback
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Breaking the Chains of Gravity

Breaking the Chains of Gravity

The Story of Spaceflight before NASA
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
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You Are Here

You Are Here

Around the World in 92 Minutes
edition:Hardcover
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