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International Space Station Crew Gearing Up for Three October Spacewalks

International Space Station Crew Gearing Up for Three October Spacewalks

NASA astronauts Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei will go outside the International Space Station (ISS) for the two spacewalk.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are performing a spacewalk Thursday to work on parts of the station. Expedition 53 astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba will also "stand" on Canadarm2 during spacewalks on October 10 and October 18.

The astronauts will be working on a newly replaced robotic arm called "Canadarm2" and will be replacing cameras outside the station's U.S. Destiny laboratory. Described by NASA as an "agile worm" due to its 540 degree rotation, the Canadian-built arm is an very big improvement over the original Canadarm, which flew on various Space Shuttles.

This came as no surprise, however, as the two LEEs on Canadarm2 have already exceeded their life expectancy, said Tim Braithwaite, the ISS program liaison for the Canadian Space Agency.

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Live coverage of the spacewalk will begin at 6:30 a.m. EDT (1030 GMT), when the two spacewalkers will put on their spacesuits. Joe Acaba arrived at the space station September 12 for his third mission to space. The LEEs feature internal snares that rotate and tighten to lock onto grapple fixtures while latches engage to supply power, data and additional rigidity.

Vande Hei and Bresnik plan to step out on another spacewalk Oct 10, with the third set for Oct 18. As extravehicular crewmember 1 (EV 1), Bresnik gets to wear the suit with red stripes on it, while Vande Hei (EV 2) will wear a plain white suit.

Two more walks are scheduled, one on October 10 and the other this month on October 18. The arm also can mount itself atop a mobile transporter that runs on rails along the front side of the station's solar power truss to move the arm to various work sites.

They replaced one of two Latching End Effectors (LEE) which had lost the ability to grip effectively, said the United States space agency.


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