Published: Thu, August 22, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Spacewalking NASA astronauts add parking spot to space station

Spacewalking NASA astronauts add parking spot to space station

The two astronauts that attached IDA-3 to the ISS were Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan and have been part of NASA since 2014, respectively 2013. It will likely be utilized by SpaceX and Boeing as soon as they begin launching astronauts to the orbiting lab late this 12 months or early subsequent 12 months.

The two had to wrestle with old, stiff cables in order to get power and data flowing to the port. In addition they hooked up reflectors for navigation.

The dock adapter, actually IDA-3 since the first IDA was lost during the SpaceX launch failure of its CRS-7 mission on June 28, 2015.

Space station crew members have spent a total of 56 days, 23 hours, and 26 minutes during 218 spacewalks in support of station assembly, maintenance and upgrades. This is the second docking port installed to the ISS in the past three years.

Ever since its house shuttles retired in 2011, NASA has been restricted to Russian rockets for getting astronauts to the house station. IDA-2, which was meant to be the second installed on ISS, instead became the first and was delivered in July 2016 during the SpaceX CRS-9 resupply mission.

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The capsule was destroyed the following month during an engine test in Florida.

It turned into as soon as the third spacewalk for Hague and the first for Morgan, an Military doctor who moved into the placement a month ago.

"Docs rock", Mission Management radioed to Morgan because the work acquired underway.

"I heard she turned into as soon as busy within the kitchen the day before as we advise", Hague stated.

"We expect them to be hard to manipulate and route. mostly due to the fact that they'll be stiff and want to retain the coiled shape", said Alex Kanelakos, the lead spacewalk officer, in the same briefing.

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