Two International Space Station (ISS) astronauts will make the first spacewalks of their careers on Wednesday (October 28, 2015). Their spacewalk will last six hours and 30 minutes and will focus on station upgrades and maintenance tasks. The spacewalk will begin at 8:10 a.m. EDT (1210 UTC).
The NASA TV broadcast begins at 6:45 a.m. EDT (1045 UTC).
The astronauts will return to the station’s interior at about 2:40 p.m. EDT (18:40 UTC).
The October 28 spacewalk will be the first of two spacewalks to service and upgrade the International Space Station. The second spacewalk is scheduled for Friday, November 6.
The NASA astronauts, Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren, will connect power system cables on the station so spacecraft from NASA partners Boeing and SpaceX can dock with the station during flights for the Commercial Crew Program. The future missions are slated to carry up to four new crew members to the station in the near future in order to allow more research to be performed in orbit and to return American launch capabilities for its astronauts.
They will also install a thermal cover on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, which is a state-of-the-art particle physics detector that has been attached to the station since 2011.
Bottom line: Two International Space Station (ISS) astronauts, Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren, will make the first spacewalks of their careers on October 28, 2015. Their spacewalk will last six hours and 30 minutes and will focus on station upgrades and maintenance tasks.
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