MIAMI- As every homeowner on land knows all too well, every now and then you were supposed to move repairs.
And that’s exactly what’s going on in space during the next two weeks, 250 miles up above us.
There are three scheduled spacewalks that are all about International Space Station maintenance.
On Thursday, two American cosmonauts, Commander Randy Breznik and Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hei, departed the air-lock, climbing out into microgravity as the Space Station passed above the east Mediterranean Sea.
Good morning, Israel !!! Egypt !! ” enthusiastically declared Breznik as he held on while ogling down at earth.
Thursday’s task: Replacing one of two Securing End Effectors on the ISS’s large-scale robotic limb, the Canadarm2, a procedure same to hand-transplant surgery.
One of the two dealing mechanisms stopped last month.
It’s a minor flaw that the Johnson Space Center says is not affected on plotted space platform procedures, like science ventures and the next merchandise ship advent in November.
As for that large-scale robotic limb, it will be the focus of the next two spacewalks, on Tuesday of next week and Wednesday the week after.
Bresnik and Vande Hei will again be involved, but on the third largest spacewalk, American Flight Engineer Joe Acaba will get his chance to float around.
Those two infinite moves are dedicated to lubricate the Canadarm2 and likewise supplanting cameras on the left of the Station’s truss.
In a lecture Thursday in Virginia before the National Space Council, Vice President Mike Pence repetition the administration’s outer space intent: Set humans back on the moon, fixing a permanent lunar base, from which we’ll send astronauts, eventually, to Mars.