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October 28 – November 3, 2019 / Vol 38, No 43 / Hawai’i Island, USA

25 Oct 2019, 19:55 UTC
October 28 – November 3, 2019 / Vol 38, No 43 / Hawai’i Island, USA
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International Space Station Enters 20th Year of Continuous Human Occupation
November 2 marks 19 full years and the beginning of year 20 for continuous human occupation at ISS. After historic all female USA EVA 59, in which Battery Charge Discharge Unit was replaced, a series of 5 EVAs are planned to repair Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer instrumentation. 3 remaining battery related EVAs will be rescheduled to a later date, as will planned Russia EVA 47, in which Cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Skvortsov are to work on the Russian module Zvezda (NET Jan 2020). That will be the first Russian spacewalk since Alexei Leonov, first human to walk in space, passed away October 11. Leonov was commemorated by Expedition Commander Luca Parmitano – “Farewell Alexei, and ad astra” during US EVA 58. To date, 221 ISS EVAs have been performed over the course of a cumulative 57 days, 20 hours, and 29 minutes. The ISS now nearly doubles the record for longest continuous human presence in earth orbit set by Mir (9 years and 357 days). ISS has from inception been a decidedly international effort: 19 countries have sent their citizens to work and reside together in space, with significant contributions ...

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