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Spacewalk Preview

The two Tims are going to have a long day outside the ISS.   Tim Kopra of NASA and Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) will primarily perform work to replace a voltage regulator that compromised one of the station’s eight power channels when it failed last November. There will be a link for a live feed (USTREAM) up about an hour before the 12:55 UTC / 07:55 EST EVA.

Video

Tim Peake Ready for a Walk

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There will be a live link here on Friday well before the EVA begins at 12:55 UTC / 07:55 EST so if you are at work with internet access you can give it a look.

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) shared this photo taken aboard the International Space Station on Jan. 11, 2015, during preparations for a spacewalk, or extra-vehicular activity (EVA). Peake wrote, “Final suit fit check prior to Friday’s EVA – feels just great! #Principia #spacewalk”

On Friday, Jan. 15, Expedition 46 flight engineers Tim Kopra of NASA and Tim Peake of ESA will venture outside the space station’s Quest airlock to replace a failed voltage regulator that compromised one of the station’s eight power channels last November. The spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 7:55 a.m. EST and will be the third in Kopra’s career and the first for Peake, and the 192nd for maintenance of the space station. It will be the 35th spacewalk using the U.S. Quest airlock. Additional tasks include deploying cables for the future installation of an International Docking Adapter that will accommodate U.S. commercial crew vehicles, and retrieving a broken light from a truss camera.

Image Credit: ESA/NASA

Replays

There was a launch earlier of a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station:

and there was a EVA from the International Space Station here is a bit of the video:

I tried to post live links but technical problems made that impossible.

Spacewalk Tomorrow

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This is the second of a pair of spacewalks (the first was 28 Oct).  The spacewalks will facilitate station upgrades and maintenance tasks, including installing a thermal cover on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, which is a state-of-the-art particle physics detector that has been attached to the station since 2011.

The spacewalk on Nov. 6 is the 33rd U.S. spacewalk, and will attempt to restore the port truss ammonia cooling system to its original configuration. A spacewalk conducted in November 2012 tried to isolate a leak in the truss’ cooling supply, but the leak was subsequently traced to a different component. NASA TV coverage will begin at 5:45 a.m., with the spacewalk scheduled to begin at 7:10 a.m.

There will be a video link posted here before the spacewalk.