Watch NASA astronauts spacewalk to fix, upgrade space station

Federico Mansilla
May 16, 2018

NASA astronauts on board the station are scheduled to begin their spacewalk around 8:10 a.m. EDT Wednesday to conduct maintenance work on the station for a little over six hours.

While out in space, the astronauts are expected to conduct a number of improvements and upgrades to hardware and technology on the station. The astronauts will move the Pump Flow Control Subassembly from a platform that houses spare parts to the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator-better known as a robotic arm-on the exterior of the station.

Over the course of the hours-long excursion, astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, both veteran spacewalkers, will swap out a failed cooling component with a replacement on the station's port-side truss.

This is the 210th spacewalk at the ISS since 1998.

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The astronauts taking part in the NASA space walk are no strangers to the task, with this being the eighth of Feustel's walks as well as the fourth of Arnold's.

Feustel and Arnold arrived at the ISS on March 23 and are slated to return to Earth in October.

The cameras will also play double duty in transmitting and receiving data from experiments and assemblies in Europe's Columbus laboratory and Japan's Kibo laboratory. With SpaceX quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with, the ability to better support their ships and Boeing's ships will be a welcome change for everyone involved.

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