Top Ten Shuttle Memories
Highlights from America's longest-lived space program.
- By Tony Reichhardt
- AirSpaceMag.com, July 08, 2011
Three on a Spacewalk
When a planned one-man capture of the Intelsat VI satellite failed during the STS-49 mission, the astronauts themselves came up with an improvised plan for three people to manually grab the 9,000-pound spacecraft and stow it in Endeavour’s cargo bay. The successful spacewalk by Rick Hieb, Pierre Thuot, and Tom Akers on May 13, 1992 is still the only time three astronauts have ventured outside their spacecraft at the same time.