If you’ve got a case of the Mondays, NASA is here to help: the agency will be broadcasting live as two astronauts climb outside the International Space Stationfor a spacewalk today (April 8).
During the excursion, the duo will tackle an eclectic range of tasks, including troubleshooting some issues that arose during installations that took place during two spacewalks last month. Overall, the goal of the spacewalk is to equip Canadarm2, a robotically operated arm, with a redundant power source, just in case anything goes wrong. It will be the 54th spacewalk at the ISS conducted by astronauts working through NASA.
Today’s spacewalk will be the last in a series of three excursions conducted in March and April. NASA saves time by doing spacewalks in batches, hence the string of three spacewalks in just a few weeks. But once today’s excursion is over, the astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory will need to switch their focus to dealing with the series of cargo vehicles arriving at the station.
Those arrivals began on April 4 with a Russian Progress capsule. That shipment will be followed by two additional cargo runs, one Cygnus capsule launched by Northrop Grumman, scheduled for April 17, and one Dragon capsule launched by SpaceX, scheduled for April 25.
Sources: • Space.com
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