Two astronauts are taking a spacewalk outside the International Space Station today (March 5) to prepare the orbiting lab for new solar arrays and perform a series of other upgrades.
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi will spend more than six hours working outside the station during today’s spacewalk. The pair plan to complete work to set up a new modification kit on the station’s portside solar arrays to support new arrays that will arrive at the station later this year.
Today’s spacewalk is the second this week for the space station’s Expedition 64 crew. It began at 6:37 a.m. EST (1137 GMT).
NASA Television coverage of today’s spacewalk with NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi is now underway and is also available on the NASA app and the agency’s website.
The crew members of Expedition 64 are preparing to venture outside the International Space Station for a spacewalk expected to begin around 7 a.m. EST and last about six and a half hours.
The crew is in the airlock and have donned their suits in preparation to exit the airlock and begin today’s activities to complete the installation of modification kits required for upcoming solar array upgrades.
Rubins and Noguchi will begin by working on solar array 4B, followed by 2B, the farthest set of solar arrays on the Port-6 truss structure, or P6, which is on the far-left side of the station. Additionally, the pair will remove and replace a Wireless Video System External Transceivers Assembly (WETA), conduct cable routing for the Bartolomeo platform Parking Position Interface (PAPOS) on the Columbus module, and perform other get-ahead work as time permits.
Leading the mission control team today is Flight Director Chris Edelen with support from Art Thomason as the lead spacewalk officer.
Find out what the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station are up to by tuning in to the “ISS Live” broadcast. Hear conversations between the crew and mission controllers on Earth and watch them work inside the U.S. segment of the orbiting laboratory. When the crew is off duty, you can enjoy live views of Earth from Space. You can watch and listen in the window below, courtesy of NASA.
“Live video from the International Space Station includes internal views when the crew is on-duty and Earth views at other times. The video is accompanied by audio of conversations between the crew and Mission Control. This video is only available when the space station is in contact with the ground. During ‘loss of signal’ periods, viewers will see a blue screen.
“Since the station orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, it experiences a sunrise or a sunset about every 45 minutes. When the station is in darkness, external camera video may appear black, but can sometimes provide spectacular views of lightning or city lights below.”
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