Published: Sat, May 13, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jose Becker

Watch 200th ISS spacewalk on Friday

Watch 200th ISS spacewalk on Friday

This still image provided by NASA shows astronauts Jack Fischer, left, and Peggy Whitson on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday, May 12, 2017.

The pair will move through the Quest airlock to replace an avionics box used for science experiments, while also installing a connector to route data through the alpha magnetic spectrometer.

According to the USA space agency, Whitson and Fischer will install a connector that will route data to the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and help the crew determine the most efficient way to conduct future maintenance on cosmic ray detector.

She holds the record for most spacewalks by a woman, and ranks fifth for the most hours spent in space by an astronaut, with 57 hours and 35 minutes.

The spacewalk began at 9.08 a.m., about one hour after the planned start time, and ended at 1:21 p.m.

This will be the 200th spacewalk at the station for assembly and maintenance, the ninth spacewalk for Whitson and the first for Fischer, who commented, "Test driving my spacesuit for a walk outside on Friday..."

The airlock is equipped with two such umbilicals to provide cooling water, power and data while the astronauts are inside the station, preserving the suits' batteries for the actual EVA.

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The problem delayed the start of what will be the 200th spacewalk in support of station assembly and maintenance since construction began in 1998 on the $100-billion USA laboratory that flies about 400 km above Earth.

The first spacewalk in support of International Space Station assembly and maintenance was conducted on December 7, 1998, by NASA astronauts Jerry Ross and Jim Newman during space shuttle Endeavour's STS-88 mission. Find us on Facebook too! They also attached a debris shield onto an exposed docking port that is being prepared for commercial space taxis under development by Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, and Boeing Co.

It was discovered as the astronauts were seated in the airlock inside the space station, before they ventured into the vacuum of space. Officials suggested eventually transitioning the ISS from NASA to the private space industry.

Fischer's enthusiasm for the beauty of the Earth beneath him was apparent throughout the spacewalk.

With landing September 3, Whitson's total time in space over three missions will stand at 666 days, moving her up to eighth in the world, just behind Yurchikhin at No. 7 with 673 days in orbit and six other cosmonauts. She holds the record for the most spacewalks by a female USA astronaut, and today's outing will be her ninth.

"It is a huge honor to work with all of you". "It's humbling to be a part of their legacy".

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