Astronauts Tim Peake And Tim Kopra Pay Tribute To David Bowie; Spacewalk On Friday

Posted: Jan 14 2016, 9:42pm CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

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As NASA astronauts “Major Tim” Peake and Tim Kopra get primed for Friday, January 15 spacewalk to repair a faulty Sequential Shunt Unit (SSU) aboard the International Space Station (ISS), they have poured out their hearts to pay tribute to “Starman” David Bowie who died from cancer just last weekend - America Space writes.

Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to command the ISS in 2013 tweeted “Ashes to ashes, dust to stardust. Your brilliance inspired us all. Goodbye Starman.” And Tim Peake on the same day up there at the ISS tweeted “Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer,” and then added “His music was an inspiration to many.” And Scott Kelly, commander of Expedition 46 also wrote “Sad to learn of the death of musician @DavidBowieReal whose inspiration lives on ‘far above the world’.”

Both Peake and Kopra will today Friday be carrying out a 6.5-hours spacewalk to not only replace the bad SSU, but to also prepare the ISS for the intended Commercial Crew operations. Both Peake and Kopra together with Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko were launched into orbit on December 15, where the two NASA astronauts will be executing the US EVA-35.

In speaking at the Johnston Space Center on Tuesday, ISS Operations and Integration Manager, Kenny Todd revealed that there is a lot of scheduled visits to the ISS, and that Orbital ATK will be returning its Cygnus cargo ship to flight, with Russia making its first voyage with its new Progress-MS spacecraft, while Expedition 46 crewmen Kelly and Kopra on December 21 did an unplanned EVA to shift the stuck Mobile Transporter and secured it at Worksite 4.

“We did it with about four days of notice from the time we saw the problem to the time we went out the hatch, so that was pretty remarkable in itself,” explained Mr. Todd. “The crew and entire engineering ops team did a great job in putting that plan together and executing it.”

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