World news – ISS astronauts take part in the 237th space walk to perform maintenance

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Astronauts Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins will be embarking on the fifth spacewalk of the year to perform several system upgrades.

The Expedition 64 engineers were initially a little behind schedule and were supposed to open the Quest airlock left the station shortly after 7:30 am CET to complete a mission expected to take around six and a half hours.

During the spacewalk, Glover and Hopkins have to work on the station’s port truss – or « backbone » – where they are Vent early ammonia system bypass lines and run one of them near the Quest airlock to reconnect the jumper cable to the station’s cooling system and increase its efficiency.

The duo will also use cables for the Bartolomeo platform Parking Position Interface (PAPOS) of the broadcaster’s science lab – an external payload hosting platform – which does the work of a spacewalk a On January 27th, replacing a cord for an amateur radio system.

Next, the astronauts will replace a wireless antenna assembly on the Unity interconnect module, a component that connects the station’s Russian and US segments, and Install a “stiffener” on the airlock’s thermal cover and routing cables to provide Ethernet functionality for two high-definition cameras on the port traverses.

On March 5, NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and JAXA astronaut spent Soichi Noguchi outside the Columbus module the same time to prepare for solar upgrade later this year.

Solar modules are taking solar energy to power ISS systems and showing signs of deterioration.

The event will be broadcast live on NASA television and feeds can be accessed via the app, YouTube and the Agen’s social media platforms tur.

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