Just after six days of arriving at the International Space Station (ISS), the crew member aboard ISS Expedition 55/56 is set to start its workweek. The duo Arnold Ricky and Drew Feustel, both NASA’s astronauts will undertake the first spacewalk after arriving on the station. The spacewalk is scheduled to be held on Thursday at 8.10 a.m. EDT. Both Feustel and Ricky reviewed the procedure for upcoming spacewalk today (March 26) where they will install communication antennas and also, replace the high-definition camera assembly.
Expedition 54/56 commander Anton Shkaplerov has already commenced filling old gears and trash into the Russian resupply ship [Progress 68] that will undock with the Pirs docking compartment on the ISS on Wednesday 9.50 a.m. The ship will make its re-entry to the Earth on April 25 after which, it will land somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. The ship has been docked to the ISS ever since it went up in October 2016.
Apart from the maintenance and undocking of resupply ship, the station is also preparing to welcome SpaceX’s Dragon resupply ship that will lift off from Florida Launch Site on April 2 at 4.30 p.m. local time. It will take two days to reach the ISS after which, a robotically controlled docking procedure will be set up where the resupply ship will be captured and docked with the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module aboard ISS on Wednesday at 6 am. The event will be broadcasted live on NASA TV.
Astronauts Scott Tingle and Norishige Kanai have practiced controlling the robotic arm and will be inside the cupola from where they will control the Canadarm2 robotic arm to dock the Dragon resupply ship to the Harmony module. The crew has been working on the orbital lab that will be used to receive and undertake scientific experiments that will be delivered by Dragon in the coming week.