Two space station astronauts are on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station right now.
Extravehicular activity (EVA), as it is officially known as spacewalk, is broadcast live online. Read on for details on how to view it.
The walk is led by Kate Rubins, of NASA, and Soichi Noguchi, of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The couple has several tasks to perform during the walk, which will probably take between six and seven hours to complete.
For example, Rubins and Noguchi will spend some of their time outside installing a “hardener” on the thermal cover of the Quest air lock to prevent it from escaping when a residual atmosphere escapes when the hatch is opened. say NASA in notes on Friday’s spacewalk. “The crew will also remove and replace a set of wireless video transceivers,” the space agency said.
Today’s EVA is number 236 in the station’s history of assembly, maintenance and upgrades. It is the fourth spacewalk for Rubins and also the fourth for Noguchi.
Rubins ’most recent spacewalk took place last weekend when she and NASA astronaut Victor Glover began assembling and installing the necessary modification kits for the next solar array upgrades.
How to look
You can watch the spacewalk in the player embedded at the top of this page or through NASA’s live TV channel.
Coverage is being broadcast from a large number of cameras. Some are attached to the outside of the ISS, while others are attached to the astronauts themselves.
Audio streams between astronauts and Mission Control staff will be included in the coverage, as well as comments explaining what the astronauts are doing.
Live coverage will begin at 5:30 am ET, with the two astronauts scheduled to leave the station’s Quest headquarters around 7:00 ET. If it’s too early for you, tune in later, as the spacewalk is likely to continue until 1:30 p.m. ET.
For identification purposes, Rubins wears red stripes on the space suit as a member of the extravehicular crew 1 (EV 1), while Noguchi has no stripes as a member of the extravehicular crew 2 (EV 2).
Not surprisingly, spacewalks can produce amazing images. Check out this impressive collection of photographs captured during various expeditions over the years.