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Astronauts plan Saturday spacewalk at space station

Written by  Friday, 12 March 2021 09:15
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Washington DC (UPI) Mar 12, 2021
Two NASA astronauts are scheduled for the fifth spacewalk of the year Saturday at the International Space Station. Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover will exit the station's Quest airlock about 7:30 a.m. EST to conduct space-based maintenance on the orbiting platform for about 6 1/2 hours. Hopkins and Glover will attempt to connect power cables for the new European science platfor

Two NASA astronauts are scheduled for the fifth spacewalk of the year Saturday at the International Space Station.

Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover will exit the station's Quest airlock about 7:30 a.m. EST to conduct space-based maintenance on the orbiting platform for about 6 1/2 hours.

Hopkins and Glover will attempt to connect power cables for the new European science platform, Bartolomeo, that they could not connect in January due to a mechanical problem.

Hopkins will wear a high-definition camera on his helmet to provide clear views of the power cable connections.

Astronauts Kate Rubins and Soichi Noguchi, who performed a spacewalk on March 5, helped Glover and Hopkins on Tuesday to prepare for their outing.

The expedition will be Glover's fourth spacewalk and the fifth for Hopkins.


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