On Wednesday, October 28, NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren will dare to go outside of the International Space Station (ISS) – their first spacewalk ever, to perform some repairs and maintenance on the space station, according to a NASA blog post.
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This is the 32nd spacewalk for US astronauts, and the duo will go outside the ISS’s Quest airlock for upgrade tasks on the orbiting station. This will involve putting a thermal cover on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer – a particle physics detector installed to the station in 2011.
Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui will be assisting both Commander Kelly and Flight Engineer Lindgren from inside the station, and spacewalk veteran Tracy Caldwell will be monitoring the events from here on Earth.
The spacewalk to facilitate the upgrade can be watched live on NASA TV, and on your smartphones if you have the NASA app already installed. It is also possible to follow updates via Twitter @Space Station Twitter.
It will be a 6 ½ hours spacewalk to commence by 8:10 am ET, but NASA will start a live stream of the event from 6:30 am ET.
There is another repairs session already scheduled for November 6 with a complimentary spacewalk. This might become the 33rd US spacewalk, and involves putting back the port truss ammonia cooling system to its earlier configured state. This will also be streamed live on NASA TV as from 5:45 am, even though the spacewalk will commence by 7:10 am.
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One spacewalk was done back in November 2012 to repair a leak in the truss’ cooling supply, but it was later found out that the leak came from a different component.
Anyone can learn more about the ISS, its crew, and researches by visiting www.nasa.gov/station