Astronauts To Take More Than 6-Hour-Long Spacewalk Today

  • Astronauts To Take More Than 6-Hour-Long Spacewalk Today

Astronauts To Take More Than 6-Hour-Long Spacewalk Today

Astronauts are out of the International Space Station this morning for the third space walk of the year.

Astronauts have just wrapped up their five months of spacewalks doing robot arm fix work on the International Space Station. The 69P is due to complete its delivery when it docks Thursday at 5:43 a.m. EST to the Zvezda service module's rear port. NASA TV will broadcast the rendezvous and docking live starting at 5 a.m.

The view while taking the spacewalk was particularly spectacular, with the astronauts doing the robot arm fix work as the sun rose over Peru, around 250 miles below. However, each LEE is still about the size of a mini-fridge, so riding on Canadarm2 certainly beats lugging the LEEs around while climbing across the structures of the ISS.

The next crew expedition to International Space Station is planned on March 21st and will send Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold form NASA and Oleg Artemyev from the Russian space agency.

Cosmic Quiz: Do You Know the International Space Station? One LEE will be transferred inside the Quest airlock while the other will be attached to the mobile base system. Friday's work involved bringing one of those old hands inside so it can be returned to Earth for a tuneup and then flown back up, and moving the other gripper to a long-term storage location outside. He returns to Earth at the end of this month.

Those issues were later resolved through software updates written by Canadian Space Agency robotics specialists. NASA TV will start its live coverage of the spacewalk activities beginning at 5:30 a.m. This LEE "showed signs of degradation, but still could be functional", so it will stay at the ISS as a spare unit, Navias said.

The outing began at 1200 GMT when the duo switched their spacesuits to battery power before venturing into space. Kanai, a first-time spacewalker, has now accumulated 5 hours and 57 minutes.

It was the first spacewalk for Kanai, a surgeon who arrived at the space station in December.