NASA astronaut talks spacewalks forward of subsequent one on Monday


NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover are gearing up for his or her second spacewalk in lower than every week as a part of Expedition 64 aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Ahead of the extravehicular exercise (EVA) that’s scheduled to begin early on Monday, February 1, NASA posted a brief video (beneath) exhibiting some dramatic spacewalk footage accompanied by an audio observe of Hopkins speaking about his very first EVA, which happened in 2013.

The American astronaut, who has since accomplished two further spacewalks, described his first one eight years in the past as “a pretty emotional moment,” including, “It can be a little bit nerve-racking, and you’re also very excited, right, because this is one of those events that you’ve dreamed about.”

But Hopkins says that the second you emerge from the hatch into house, “the training kicks in [and] all of a sudden it’s just muscle memory.”

The key to getting off to a very good begin on a spacewalk? Hours of observe. See how @Astro_illini and @AstroVicGlover put what they realized on the bottom to make use of in house. NASA TV protection begins at 5: 30am ET on Mon., Feb. 1:

— NASA (@NASA) February 1, 2021

Glover’s personal emotions about what it’s wish to embark on a debut spacewalk 250 miles above Earth might be recent in his personal thoughts because it happened only a few days in the past. Working with Hopkins, Glover carried out a spread of duties, together with jettisoning a decommissioned a part of the ISS into house — an interesting process captured by an ISS digicam.

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During Monday’s EVA, the 2 astronauts will set up a remaining lithium-ion battery adapter plate, which can wrap up battery substitute work that began 4 years in the past.

Hopkins and Glover may also take away a grapple fixture bracket, exchange an exterior digicam on the starboard truss, set up a brand new high-definition digicam on the Destiny laboratory, and exchange parts for the Japanese robotic arm’s digicam system exterior the Kibo module, NASA stated.

The house company might be streaming the complete spacewalk on-line. Here’s how one can watch. Coverage begins at 5.30 a.m. ET, however the astronauts aren’t anticipated to emerge from the orbiting outpost till round 7 a.m. If it’s a bit too early, the excellent news is that the spacewalk is prone to final round six hours, so you’ll be able to be a part of it anytime — or just dip out and in — all through the morning.

In the meantime, take a look at our assortment of unbelievable spacewalk pictures captured since NASA’s very first EVA 56 years in the past.

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