Two astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) are gearing up for a spacewalk on Sunday, February 28. And you possibly can watch it dwell on-line.
NASA astronauts Kate Rubins and Victor Glover will step outdoors the orbiting outpost 250 miles above Earth to carry out upkeep work that’s anticipated to take round six-and-a-half hours to finish.
Specifically, Rubins and Glover will begin work on assembling and putting in modification kits wanted for upcoming photo voltaic array upgrades.
“The current solar arrays are functioning well, but have begun to show signs of degradation, as expected, as they were designed for a 15-year service life,” NASA mentioned. “The first pair of solar arrays were deployed in December 2000 and have been powering the station for more than 20 years. Later this year, the new solar arrays will be positioned in front of six of the current arrays, increasing the station’s total available power from 160 kilowatts to up to 215 kilowatts.”
The pair will probably be supported by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who will monitor the work and supply help from contained in the station.
Sunday’s spacewalk, or “extravehicular activity” as they’re formally identified, would be the 235th within the historical past of station meeting, upkeep, and upgrades. It would be the third spacewalk for each Rubins and Glover. Rubins participated in two others throughout one other ISS mission in 2016, whereas Glover took his first step outdoors the area station only a month in the past with fellow ISS crew member Mike Hopkins, following up shortly after with a second stroll, additionally with Hopkins. Watch Glover jettisoning a bit of decommissioned tools throughout his debut outing.
How to look at
You can watch the spacewalk on the participant embedded on the prime of this web page, or by heading to NASA’s Live TV channel. Coverage will probably be broadcast from a wide range of cameras, a few of them mounted in place, and others connected to the astronauts themselves. Audio feeds are additionally supplied.
Live protection will start at 1: 30 a.m. PT, with the 2 astronauts scheduled to exit the station’s Quest airlock at about 3 a.m. PT. If that’s a bit early for you, then drop by just a little later because the spacewalk is more likely to proceed till about 9: 30 a.m. PT.
So you recognize who’s who, Rubins will probably be carrying purple stripes on her spacesuit as extravehicular crew member 1 (EV 1), whereas Glover will probably be with out stripes as extravehicular crew member 2 (EV 2).
Spacewalks have the potential to provide some fairly superior imagery because the astronauts perform their work. Check out this spectacular assortment of pictures snapped throughout numerous expeditions over time.
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