Two astronauts will perform the second of three International Space Station (ISS) spacewalks scheduled this month on Monday, January 20, 2020. NASA TV’s live coverage of the spacewalk will begin on Monday at 10:30 UTC (5:30 a.m. ET). Translate UTC to your time.
NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch are scheduled to conduct Monday’s spacewalk. The two astronauts also completed the month’s first spacewalk on January 15, during which they successfully installed two new lithium-ion batteries on that store and distribute power collected from solar arrays on the station’s Port-6 truss structure. On Monday they will finish replacing nickel-hydrogen batteries with new lithium-ion batteries that store power generated by the station’s solar arrays.
.@Astro_Jessica and @Astro_Christina wrapped up the first spacewalk of 2020 at 2:04pm ET today after working 7 hours and 29 minutes in the vacuum of space swapping space station batteries. #AskNASA | Read more… https://t.co/qCrCa8JgeS pic.twitter.com/xvwpIjmnIZ
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) January 15, 2020
The month’s third spacewalk is planned for Saturday, January 25, with NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and ESA’s Luca Parmitano. They will finish installing the new Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer’s cooling apparatus. Work on the apparatus began in November and December 2019. Morgan and Parmitano will verify that it’s ready for use.
Bottom line: On January 20, watch the second of three ISS spacewalks scheduled in January 2020.
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