Two astronauts are set for a spacewalk on Sunday, February 28, on the International Space Station (ISS). And you can watch it live online.
NASA astronauts Kate Rubins and Victor Glover will step outside the orbit 250 miles above Earth to perform maintenance work, which will take approximately six and a half hours to complete.
In particular, Rubin and Glover will begin work on assembling and installing the necessary modification kits for upcoming solar array upgrades.
“The existing solar arrays are working well, but have begun to indicate predictable degradation, as they were prepared for 15 years of service,” NASA said. “The first pair of solar arrays were deployed in December 2000 and have been powering the station for over 20 years. Later this year, new solar arrays will be deployed in front of six of the current arrays, increasing the station’s total available power from 160 kW to 215 kW. “
The pair will be supported by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who will oversee the work and provide assistance from inside the station.
Sunday’s spacewalk, or “paranormal activity” as they are officially known, will rank 235th in the history of station assembly, maintenance and upgrades. This will be the third spacewalk for both Rubins and Glover. Rubin participated in two others during another ISS mission in 2016, while Glover made his first move outside the space station a month earlier with fellow ISS crew member Mike Hopkins, shortly after with Hopkins. Too. Watch Glover adding a piece of decommissioned equipment during his first outing.
how to see?
You can watch the spacewalk on the player at the top of this page or by going to NASA’s live TV channel. Coverage will be broadcast with a variety of cameras, some of them fixed in place, and others that are themselves associated with astronauts. Audio feeds are also provided.
Live coverage will begin at 1:30 pm PT with two astronauts scheduled to exit the station’s Quest Airlock at around 3pm PT. If it’s a bit early for you, leave after a while as the spacewalk is likely to continue until around 9:30 p.m.
So you know who is who, Rubin will wear the red stripes on his spacesuit as Extraordinary Crew Member 1 (EV 1), while Glover will be as the Unsurprising Crew Member 2 (EV 2).
The spacewalk has the ability to evoke some great imagery as astronauts do their work. Check out this impressive collection of snapping pictures during various campaigns over the years.