Two NASA astronauts are taking a spacewalk outside the International Space Station today (Jan 15), and also you can watch all the activity real-time online.
For the initially spacewalk of the year, NASA astronauts Christina Koch and also Jessica Meir will certainly invest regarding 6.5 hrs operating in the vacuum cleaner of area to proceed changing old nickel-hydrogen batteries on the terminal’s solar ranges with brand-new lithium-ion batteries. The spacewalking duo started functioning to change these batteries throughout a spacewalk with each other onOct 18, which was the initially all-woman spacewalk in background.
The spacewalkers are arranged to arise from the Quest airlock soon after changing their spacesuits over to battery power at regarding 6: 50 a.m. EST (1150 GMT). NASA will certainly offer real-time insurance coverage of the spacewalk start at 5: 30 a.m. EST (1030 GMT), and also you can watch it live right here onSpace com, thanks to NASA TELEVISION.
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Today’s spacewalk will certainly be the initially of 3 spacewalks arranged to happen this month. On Monday (Jan 20), Meir and also Koch will certainly take an additional spacewalk with each other to finish up the battery substitute job.
If these 2 spacewalks go according to strategy, NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and also European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano will certainly carry out an additional spacewalk onJan 25. For their spacewalk, Morgan and also Parmitano will certainly proceed recurring job to update an old dark issue experiment exterior the spaceport station called the Alpha MagneticSpectrometer They will certainly be finishing the installment of a brand-new air conditioning device, which they began performing in a collection of 3 spacewalks in November and also December.