Astronauts in the International Space Station will have their hands full doing a lot of things these coming months. There will be more time spent outside the station.
Since the ISS is to be the hub of many space activities, a lot of innovations needs to be done. This time, two astronauts will continue what the others have started. One is a novice while the other is a veteran of space walks.
The International Space Station or ISS has a new spacewalk built and completed by NASA astronauts, the first of the three. It is also here where parking slots will be built for Boeing and SpaceX to deliver astronauts to the orbital laboratory.
The spacewalk by Expedition 42 astronauts’ Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts lasted for 6 hours and 41 minutes the purpose of which is to prepare the ISS for two international docking adapters or IDAs, that will enable future commercial space vehicle crew to dock.
“Wilmore and Virts ended their spacewalk with the repressurisation of the Quest airlock,” NASA said.
A series of power and data cables were installed at the front portion of the Harmony module and Pressurized Matting Adapter-2 and routed 340 of 360 feet of cable.
Facilitating the new docking adapters that commercial vehicles will use sometime this decade to bring astronauts to the orbital laboratory is part of the reason for the ongoing reconfiguration of station systems and modules
It was Virts’ first venture into the void. while Wilmore had already spent 13 hours and 15 minutes space walking.
A total of 1,159 hours and 8 minutes had been spent by the astronauts in assembling the space station already including maintenance job involving 185 space walks according to NASA.
The two astronauts will step out of the space station on February 25 to install two more cables and lubricate end of the robotic arm.