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January 22-28, 2018 / Vol 37, No 4 / Hawai`i Island, USA

19 Jan 2018, 21:10 UTC
January 22-28, 2018 / Vol 37, No 4 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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ISS Expedition 54 Continues Repairs to Canadarm2 with 3 Upcoming EVAs
International Space Station Expedition 54 six-member crew in LEO, orbiting Earth once every 92 minutes at 7.6 km per second, are scheduled to perform 3 upcoming Extra Vehicular Activities (EVAs). On January 23, U.S. EVA 47 is planned to start 07:10 EST, last 6.5 hours and be broadcast live on NASA TV. Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hei will lead the U.S. EVAs. Astronaut Scott Tingle will assist on Jan 23 to service Canadarm2 by replacing one of two redundant latching end effectors (LEE). Astronaut Norishige Kanai will assist on the 6.5-hour EVA 48 Jan 29 to secure the LEE B as a spare on the station Mobile Base System rail car. These excursions will be the third and fourth for Vande Hei, and first for both Tingle and Kanai. Russia EVA 44 is set for Feb 2 by Commander Alexander Misurkin and Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov. Among other tasks, the duo will check the ISS Russia external segments for potential damage and changes. ISS crews are expected to complete nearly 300 experiments through 2024, when the station is slated for retirement. There are hopes the ISS will become commercially operated ...

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