NASA is gearing up for an additional spacewalk on the Worldwide House Station (ISS), the ninth such exercise involving its astronauts this 12 months.
Latest area station arrivals Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron will exit the ISS on Tuesday, November 30, to hold out work on a defective antenna system.
The 2 astronauts will work collectively to exchange a malfunctioning S-band antenna system with a spare one which’s already mounted to the station’s truss construction, NASA mentioned in a message posted on Sunday, explaining that the area station “transmits low-rate voice and information with flight controllers on the bottom over the S-band of radio frequencies.” It added that though the problem is having restricted impression on the station’s operations, now’s one of the best time to exchange it.
Tuesday’s extracurricular exercise — as spacewalks are formally recognized — would be the fifth for Marshburn, whose earlier walks occurred in 2013 and 2009. That is Barron’s debut area mission so she’ll be venturing exterior the station for the primary time.
The latest ISS spacewalk occurred in September 2021 and was performed by European House Company astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Akihiko Hoshide of Japan’s area company.
How one can watch
NASA will present dwell protection of the spacewalk by way of the video participant embedded on the high to this web page. The identical protection may even be livestreamed on NASA’s web site.
NASA’s broadcast will begin at 5:30 a.m. ET (2:30 a.m. PT) on Tuesday, November 30, with Marshburn and Barron exiting the station’s Quest airlock at about 7:10 a.m. ET (4:10 a.m. PT).
The spacewalk is more likely to take round six-and-a-half hours, so you possibly can dip in at any level all through Tuesday morning to search out out what’s happening.
The livestream will embody video from a number of cameras, together with from gadgets mounted to the astronauts’ helmets. You’ll additionally be capable of hear a dwell audio feed that includes communications between the astronauts and Mission Management. A working commentary providing data on what the astronauts are doing may even be a part of the livestream.