tech2 Information EmployeesJul 01, 2020 12:53:12 IST
On 26 June, NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken carried out the primary of 4 spacewalks. Throughout their six hours and 7 minutes exterior, Cassidy misplaced a mirror from his spacesuit’s left sleeve. He had no thought it had occurred and went about finishing his work – swapping out previous batteries with new Lithium-ion batteries which might be linked to the ISS’ photo voltaic arrays. The American duo additionally managed to finish some additional duties that have been initially scheduled for at this time (1 July).
Cassidy mentioned he has no thought how the small mirror on his left sleeve got here off because the band for the mirror “is on fairly tight”. He thinks it would’ve acquired caught on a metallic tether attachment as he exited the airlock.
“I simply occurred to look down and I noticed this reflecting factor disappearing into the darkness, and that was the final I noticed of it,” Cassidy mentioned in an interview with The Related Press. “That was an actual bummer for me.”
Astronauts cherish each alternative to be a part of a #spacewalk, and yesterday was no totally different. @AstroBehnken and I accomplished step one in updating the exterior batteries that are linked to the outboard starboard photo voltaic arrays on @Space_Station. pic.twitter.com/hsE0bJld5t
— Chris Cassidy (@Astro_SEAL) June 27, 2020
Yesterday @Astro_SEAL snapped this shot from our worksite on @Space_Station – @SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and @JAXA_en’s HTV in clear view. Not dangerous for a view whereas working… pic.twitter.com/DsV5owA3P9
— Bob Behnken (@AstroBehnken) June 27, 2020
One down, three to go
One other spacewalk has been deliberate for at this time and can start at 5:05 pm IST. He mentioned he’ll use a spare one for at this time’s stroll. This would be the second stroll that Behnken and he’ll undertake collectively.
Spacewalking astronauts put on a mirror on every sleeve to be able to see the shows on their chest management panel.
Throughout at this time’s tour, each NASA astronauts will full the battery alternative to improve one among two energy channels on the Internation House Station. They are going to be eradicating six nickel-hydrogen batteries and changing them with three new lithium-ion batteries together with the adapter plates that completes the ability circuit to the brand new batteries.
In response to a NASA weblog, their work may even embrace routing energy and ethernet cables in preparation for the set up of a brand new exterior wi-fi communications system with an enhanced HD digicam and to extend helmet digicam protection for future spacewalks. To help future energy system upgrades, in addition they will take away a tool known as an “H-Fixture” that was put in earlier than the photo voltaic arrays have been launched to the area station
This spacewalk can be presupposed to final from anyplace round six to seven hours. NASA astronauts and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon commander Doug Hurley together with Russian cosmonaut Ivan Vagner will assist Cassidy and Behnken throughout at this time’s stroll. This would be the eighth spacewalk for every astronaut.
Cassidy is already two-and-a-half months right into a six-month mission, alongside along with his two Russians counterparts – Anatoly Ivanishin and Vagner – who launched with him from Kazakhstan. Behnken and Doug Hurley arrived on the ISS by way of a SpaceX spacecraft a month in the past and shall be staying there until August.
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