Get your popcorn ready. Two NASA astronauts are scheduled to venture outside the International Space Station Wednesday, January 27, and Monday, February 1, for a pair of spacewalks to finish installing the European science platform and complete long-term battery upgrade work.
Live coverage of the preview briefing and spacewalks will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website, which you can view by clicking here.
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NASA Television and the agency’s website will broadcast the spacewalks with live coverage beginning at 12:30. on the day of each spacewalk. The spacewalks will begin at about 14:00 and will last about six and a half hours.
NASA Flight Engineers Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover, who flew to the space station aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft, will conduct both spacewalks, which will be the 233rd and 234th in support of space station assembly, maintenance, and upgrades.
The January 27 spacewalk will focus on completing cable and antenna rigging for the “Bartolomeo” science payloads platform outside the ESA (European Space Agency) Columbus module. After completing the upgrades on the Columbus module, Hopkins and Glover will remove a grapple fixture bracket on the far port truss in preparation for future power system upgrades.
The Feb. 1 spacewalk will address a variety of tasks, including installation of a final lithium-ion battery adapter plate on the port 4 truss that will wrap up battery replacement work begun in January 2017.
Hopkins will be extravehicular crew member 1 (EV 1) for both spacewalks, wearing a spacesuit with red stripes, and Glover will be extravehicular crew member 2 (EV 2), wearing a spacesuit with no stripes. These will be the third and fourth spacewalks in Hopkins’ career, and the first and second for Glover.