Watch NASA astronauts acquire microbe samples throughout ISS spacewalk right now (livestream video)

Two NASA astronauts will enterprise outdoors the Worldwide House Station right now (June 13)  and you may watch it reside on-line without cost.

NASA astronauts Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Matthew Dominick will carry out the spacewalk, or extravehicular exercise (EVA). The motion is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT) and final about 6.5 hours.

You possibly can watch the International Space Station (ISS) motion on this web page and the House.com homepage, courtesy of NASA, or reside via the space agency. Protection will begin at 6:30 a.m. EDT (1030 GMT). (You possibly can learn extra about spacewalks and the way they work on our EVA reference page.)

Three astronauts, two in spacesuits, test spacesuits for a spacewalk on the International Space StationThree astronauts, two in spacesuits, test spacesuits for a spacewalk on the International Space Station

Three astronauts, two in spacesuits, take a look at spacesuits for a spacewalk on the Worldwide House Station

Throughout their spacewalk, the duo will retrieve a defective piece of communications tools, generally known as the radio frequency group. Dyson can even swab the outside of the house station to collect samples for a research of microorganisms in excessive microgravity environments.

“There’s a group of scientists that is very on this, for instance, for going to Mars and understanding what we’d carry with us to the Martian floor — unintentionally discovering one thing on the Martian floor that really got here from us, that type of factor,” Dina Contella, NASAs deputy program supervisor for the Worldwide House Station, stated Tuesday (June 11) throughout a spacewalk-previewing press briefing.

On Monday (June 10), fellow NASA astronaut Mike Barratt assisted Dominick with a spacesuit match examine, in line with a NASA blog update. The identical day, Barratt, Dominick and Dyson had been joined by NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps to evaluation EVA procedures for the station’s Canadarm2, which can help Dyson and Dominick with their duties on Thursday.

Thursday’s EVA is the primary of three upcoming spacewalks geared towards ongoing science and upkeep of the orbital laboratory. The opposite two are anticipated to happen this summer time as effectively.

Having a spacewalk on the docket for Thursday affected the schedule for the first-ever astronaut mission of Boeing’s Starliner capsule, referred to as Crew Flight Check (CFT).

CFT launched with NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams on June 5. The duo rendezvoused and docked with the ISS a day later, and had been scheduled to remain aboard for a few week. However Wilmore and Williams just lately had their mission prolonged a number of days, and at the moment are anticipated to return to Earth no sooner than June 18.

NASA introduced the delay on Sunday (June 9), citing the necessity for further time for the station’s present astronauts to arrange for Thursday’s EVA. The extra days in orbit can even permit Wilmore, Williams and floor groups to carry out extra checks of Starliner earlier than the shakedown flight parachutes again right down to Earth.

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