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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