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Four astronauts are preparing for their first space walk outside the International Space Station, scheduled for March 22, March 29 and April 8. Experts will review the work of the first two space walks during the press conference Tuesday, March 19th at 2 pm EDT, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The live coverage of space walks will be broadcast on NASA's television and on the Agency's website.
Media who want to attend the briefing personally must request credentials from the Johnson newsstands at 281-483-5111 at latest up to 16 hours. Monday, March 18th. Media interested in participating by phone must report to the newsroom by 13.45. March 19.
The participants of the meeting will be:
- Kenneth Todd, head of the International Space Station for Operations and Integration
- Mary Lawrence
- Jacklyn Kagey, the chief space leader
The second briefing to cover the third space trip will be conducted closer to the date of this space walk.
The transfer of all three space walks will start at 6:30 am on a day of walks. They are defined as US spacewalks 52, 53 and 54, which are expected to last about 6.5 hours. The start of the first space trip is scheduled for 8:05 and the other for 8: 20h. The target time for the start of the third space exit will be closer to the date of the activity.
Expedition 59 Flight Engineers Nick Hague and Anne McClain from NASA intend to head off of Quest's Air Force station on March 22 to replace nickel-hydrogen batteries with newer, more powerful lithium-ion batteries for an energy channel in one parallel location. solar sequences. The batteries were transported to the station in Japan on the Japanese H-II mobile vehicle. Work in the universe continues the overall upgrading of the power station system, which started similarly to replacing the battery during space walks in January 2017.
McClain and Flight Engineer Christina Koch should go on September 29 on a space flight to work on a second set of batteries replacement on another energy channel in the same area of the cell. This would be the first time in space with all-female spaceships.
The Hague and David Saint-Jacques from the Canadian Space Agency should spend a space trip on April 8 to set jumper cables between the Unity Module and the S0 grid at the central part of the main station. This work will establish a redundant path of power to the Canadian robotic arm, known as Canadarm2. It will also install cables to provide greater coverage for wireless communications outside the orbital complex as well as improved wired network capabilities.
Spacewalk tasks can be tailored if the flying team considers it necessary. It will be 214th, 215th, and 216th the space paths in the history of montage and maintenance of the International Space Station.
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