NASA Astronauts take First Spacewalk of the Year

NASA astronauts take first spacewalk of the year..! This morning, NASA TV has come back on air, shortly after lifting up of the government shutdown last night. The live webcast can be watched now on NASA TV.

In order to perform the first spacewalk of this year, two astronauts from NASA will be heading outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, 23 January. Expedition 54 crew members, Mark Vande Hei and Scott Tingle are all set to spend around 6.5 hours outside of the ISS to work on the Canadarm2 robotic arm of the station.

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Scott Tingle is conducting the first spacewalk of his life, who was supposed to follow a NASA astronaut, Vande Hei outside of the Quest airlock of the station just right after 7 am EST (1200 GMT). However, NASA TV was not able to air the live views of the astronauts’ spacewalk, because of the government shutdown, which has ended up last night.

Tingle said last Thursday in an in-flight interview that, “This is going to be a lifetime memory for sure, and I’m looking forward to getting out there and fixing up the systems that we’ll be working on.”

The spacewalkers aimed to replace a ‘hand’ at Canadarm2’s end, which is called as latching end effectors (LEEs). While, LEE-A and LEE-B are two equivalent grappling devices set at Canadarm2’s opposite ends. Each of them weighs nearly 440 lbs. (i.e. 200 kilograms) and measures around 3 feet (i.e. 1 meter) long.