NASA astronauts will embark on an epic six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk today outside the International Space Station (ISS) – and you can watch the whole thing live above.
Their jaunt beyond the confines of the $150billion vessel they call home will see them install new HD cameras to capture the docking of the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing Starliner spacecrafts with the ISS later this year.
Alamy The International Space Station is a large spacecraft that orbits around Earth, which acts as a home for astronauts
Handout – Getty Spacewalks usually see astronauts fixing various broken parts of the ISS
American astronauts Drew Feustel, the space station’s commander, and flight engineer Ricky Arnold will carry out the spacewalk at 1.10pm UK time.
Together the two have conducted an impressive 14 spacewalks between them – so this latest slog should be a breeze for the duo.
Their intergalactic itinerary will kick off with the swapping of a camera assembly on the starboard truss – the 110-metre-long component mounted with radiators and solar panels.
After that, they’ll head to the the ship’s Japanese Kibo module (the ISS‘ largest single module) to close an aperture door.
This marks the 211th spacewalk to fix the ISS and the sixth one this year, with previous excursions aimed at repairing the spacecraft’s failed cooling component.
Getty – Contributor Astronauts train for spacewalks by going for a swim in a massive pool called the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, or NBL.
At five hours and 23 minutes into the spacewalk, Feustel will surpass NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson’s record of 60 hours and 21 minutes to move into third place for cumulative time spent during spacewalks.
Any time an astronaut gets out of a vehicle in space it’s called a space walk.
The first ever spacewalk was conducted by Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov on 18 March, 1965 and lasted for just ten minutes.
He was followed by American astronaut Ed White on 3 June 1965, whose trip lasted slightly longer at 23 minutes.
Since then spacewalks have turned into mammoth runs. They usually take place outside the ISS and can last between five and eight hours depending on the job.