Serena checking the spacesuit tools the day before the spacewalk. Credits: NASA
A spacewalk is nothing new to NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold. Today they will be working outside the Space Station for the ninth and fifth time respectively. Despite These veteran astronauts rely on the work from many people across the globe. ESA astronauts Alexander Gerst and Andreas Mogensen are on duty to give a helping hand both from space and on ground.
Drew and Ricky will install new high-definition cameras to provide enhanced views of spacecraft docking with the International Space Station. During the six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk the two astronauts will install brackets and the cameras near an international docking adapter mated to the front end of the Station’s Harmony module. This is one of two docking ports for future SpaceX and Boeing commercial spacecraft.
The cameras will allow the crew to monitor the arrival of spacecraft and intervene if problems arise. During their spacewalk, the astronauts will also exchange a camera and work on an imaging experiment that is outside the Japanese Kibo module.
Alexander and Serena after closing the Quest airlock. Credits: NASA
Alexander and NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor will help the spacewalkers ...