Colorado native and AFA graduate part of historic spacewalk

by Edgar Hayes May 13, 2017, 9:43
Colorado native and AFA graduate part of historic spacewalk

In a landmark milestone, NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer are conducting the 200th spacewalk at the International Space Station on May 12.

NASA chose to shorten the mission from the original six and a half hour plan, due to a glitch during earlier spacewalk preparations.

NASA's Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer are, at the time of this writing, comfortably inside their spacesuits traversing the outside of the Space Station, while performing maintenance on the $100 billion orbiting laboratory. It wasn't originally assigned as Fischer's task, so Whitson and NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, spacewalk communicator back on the ground, guided him through the steps.

During earlier preparations, a small amount of water leaked from the connection point between an umbilical hose and Fischer's suit. He also writes a blog, called Orbital Velocity, about the space station.

'It has been exhibiting some thermal issues of late, so it is being replaced, ' explained Navias.

The outing is the first for Fischer, who goes by the nickname '2Fish'.

Whitson and Fischer are not expected to have time to complete other tasks planned for Friday's spacewalk, which included the installation of a data connector for the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a particle detector and cosmic physics experiment outside the station.

With a full-duration 6.5-hour spacewalk, Whitson would have moved up to third in the world with almost 60 hours of EVA time over nine excursions, trailing only cosmonaut Anatoli Solovyev, with 78 hours and 21 minutes of spacewalk time over 16 EVAs, and retired astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria, with 67 hours and 40 minutes over 10 excursions. With coverage starting at 6.30 a.m. NASA TV coverage begins at 5:30 AM CDT. NASA is especially wary of leaks involving spacesuits. Jerry Ross and Jim Newman attached the first two components to the station, the Russian Zarya module and the U.S. Unity module.

The station orbits the Earth at a height of about 250 miles (400 kilometers), circling the planet every 90 minutes at a speed of about 17,500 miles (28,000 kilometers) per hour.

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