Two NASA astronauts will conduct a spacewalk exterior the International Space Station on Tuesday morning (March 15), and you may watch it stay.
Kayla Barron and Raja Chari are scheduled to step exterior the orbiting lab Tuesday at 8:05 a.m. EDT (1205 GMT), kicking off a roughly 6.5-hour spacewalk designed to assist pave the best way for upcoming photo voltaic array upgrades.
You possibly can watch it stay right here at House.com, courtesy of NASA, or directly via the agency. Protection will start at 6:30 a.m. EDT (1030 GMT).
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Barron and Chari will depart through the station’s Quest airlock. Barron will function extravehicular crewmember 1 and put on a spacesuit with crimson stripes; Chari shall be extravehicular crewmember 2 and put on a swimsuit with no stripes.
The duo will “translate over to the Starboard-4 truss construction and set up modification kits that can prepared the house station for its third roll-out photo voltaic array,” NASA officers wrote in a blog post Monday (March 14).
Two of a deliberate six ISS Roll-Out Photo voltaic Arrays, or iROSAs, have been deployed on the station to date. The subsequent two are scheduled to return as much as the orbiting lab on a SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule this fall, NASA officers mentioned throughout a press convention on Monday.
The set up of all six iROSAs will increase the house station’s whole accessible energy from 160 kilowatts to 215 kilowatts.
Tuesday’s spacewalk would be the second for Barron and the primary for Chari.
NASA has one other spacewalk deliberate for March 23, involving crewmembers to be named later. Subsequent week’s extravehicular exercise is dedicated to quite a lot of upkeep work, together with the set up of latest hoses within the system that routes ammonia by the station’s heat-expelling radiators.
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