NASA astronauts conduct fifth spacewalk of 2021 as part of upgrades to ISS
This photo provided by NASA shows US astronaut Kate Rubins outside the International Space Station during a space walk on Friday, March 5, 2021. Rubins and Japan's Soichi Noguchi floated outside to complete unfinished work from Sunday's spacewalk. (NASA via AP)NASA astronauts are conducting the fifth spacewalk of 2021 Saturday as part of improvements to the International Space Station. Expedition 64 Flight Engineers Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover began the spacewalk at 8:14 a.m. with the work expected to last six and a half hours. pic.twitter.com/sLj2CwAqES — NASA (@NASA) March 13, 2021Use the form below to sign up for the ClickOrlando.com space newsletter, sent every Wednesday afternoon.
Spacewalking NASA astronauts make repairs outside space station
Two NASA astronauts did some home maintenance Friday on the orbiting laboratory 200 miles above Earth during a seven-hour spacewalk. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Chris Cassidy ventured out of the International Space Station Friday morning to install batteries outside the station. Once outside, the astronauts began work on one of two power channels on the far starboard truss of the station. https://t.co/SN3Y9zOMwr — NASA (@NASA) June 26, 2020As he stepped out of the ISS, Cassidy lost a small mirror on his spacesuit adding to the millions of pieces of junk orbiting the Earth. While millions of pieces of space debris orbit Earth, more than 20,000 items including old rocket parts and busted satellites are big enough to be tracked in order to safeguard the space station and functional satellites.