Four astronauts will venture outside the International space platform for 3 spacewalks in January to finish battery upgrades and finalize repairs to a useful ionizing radiation detector.
Expedition 61 Flight Engineers Jessica Meir and Christina Koch of NASA are scheduled to conduct spacewalks Wednesday, Jan. 15, and Monday, Jan. 20, to end replacing nickel-hydrogen batteries with new lithium-ion batteries that store power generated by the station’s solar arrays on the station’s port truss.
Assuming the battery work goes as planned, NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and space platform Commander Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) will exit the station Saturday, Jan. 25, to end installing the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer’s (AMS) new cooling apparatus and features begun in November and December, and verify they’re ready to be used .
Live coverage of all three spacewalks will begin at 5:30 a.m. EST on NASA Television and therefore the agency’s website.
These are going to be the second and third spacewalks for Meir, who are going to be extravehicular crewman 1 (EV1) for both spacewalks. Koch, who are going to be extravehicular crewman 2 (EV2), will perform the fifth and sixth spacewalks of her career.
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