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October 14-20, 2019 / Vol 38, No 41 / Hawai’i Island, USA

11 Oct 2019, 20:35 UTC
October 14-20, 2019 / Vol 38, No 41 / Hawai’i Island, USA
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7 International Space Station EVAs Include First All-Female EVA

7 extravehicular activities are planned at the International Space Station in October. The first 5 EVAs will install new lithium-ion batteries on the P6 truss to replace older nickel hydrogen batteries, extending the life and power capacity of ISS. The new batteries are carried to orbit aboard Japan ‘Kounotori’ H-II Transfer Vehicles, including the HTV-8 docked since Sep 29. US Spacewalks 56 and 57, respectively on Oct 6 and Oct 11, both feature Christina Koch (L) and Andrew Morgan. US Spacewalk 58 on Oct 16 will feature Morgan and Jessica Meir. Spacewalk 59 on Oct 21 will be the anticipated first all-female EVA with Koch and Meir. Spacewalk 60, last in the battery series, on Oct 25 will team Meir with ESA Astronaut Luca Parmitano (R). Morgan and Parmitano will conduct a sixth EVA on a date TBD for upgrading the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. AMS, launched on the penultimate Space Shuttle flight in 2011, will continue to collect high-energy cosmic rays to explore new realms of physics. On Oct 31 Cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka (R) and Alexander Skvortsov (L) will perform an additional EVA. Russia has awarded NASA Astronaut Nick Hague, currently ...

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