Final Suit Checks and Reviews For Two Expedition 59 Members Before First Spacewalk of 2019 Today
By Space Coast Daily // March 22, 2019
NASA Flight Engineers Anne McClain and Nick Hague readied the Quest airlock
ABOVE VIDEO: Two Expedition 59 astronauts are checking their spacesuits today and reviewing procedures one final time before tomorrow’s spacewalk.
(NASA) – Two Expedition 59 astronauts are checking their spacesuits today and reviewing procedures one final time before tomorrow’s spacewalk.
The other four residents aboard the International Space Station assisted the spacewalkers, maintained the orbital lab and conducted space science.
NASA Flight Engineers Anne McClain and Nick Hague readied the Quest airlock where they will begin the first spacewalk of 2019 Friday at 8:05 a.m. EDT.
The spacewalkers will work outside for about 6.5 hours of battery upgrade work on the Port-4 truss structure. NASA TV begins its live spacewalk coverage at 6:30 a.m.
The duo also confirmed their U.S. spacesuits are ready for the excursion with all the necessary components, such as helmet lights and communications gear, installed. Afterward, Hague and McClain conducted one more spacewalk timeline review.
They then joined astronauts Christina Koch and David Saint-Jacques for a final conference with spacewalk experts in Mission Control. Both astronauts also charged and set up GoPro cameras before attaching them to the spacewalkers’ suit helmets.
Koch started her day cleaning ventilation screens in the Unity module and installing lights in the Permanent Multi-purpose Module.
Saint-Jacques set up the AstroPi science education hardware in the Harmony module’s window then swapped fan cables in the Life Sciences Glovebox.
Commander Oleg Kononenko and fellow cosmonautspent the majority of their day in the station’s Russian segment. Kononenko and Ovchinin first collected and stowed their blood samples in a science freezer for a Russian metabolism experiment.
Ovchinin then unpacked supplies from the recently arrived Soyuz MS-12 crew ship. Kononenko also worked on heart and radiation detection research before assisting the U.S. spacewalkers.
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