Nasa has released video footage taken by astronaut Peggy Whitson during her record breaking spacewalk on March 30. She was joined on the spacewalk outside the International Space Station by astronaut Shane Kimbrough. The video was shot on an action camera, and is about ten minutes long. The astronauts are attaching shields to sensitive parts of the ISS, to offer protection from micrometeorites and orbital debris. One of the shields was lost during the spacewalk, but posed no immediate threat to the astronauts or the ISS. The video can be seen below.
The astronauts connected cables and electrical connections to a pressurized mating adapter (PMA). There are three adapters on the space station, and the PMAs allow the conversion of the American dock to support Russian spacecraft. The shields were added on the PMA, but the vacant dock for American spacecraft on the Tranquility module still needed to be protected. As a kind of high tech jugaad, a cover for the PMA removed earlier in the day was used to replace the missing shield to protect the vacant dock. An upgraded computer relay box was also installed on the framework of the space station.
This was the eighth spacewalk for Peggy Whitson, surpassing the previous record held by astronaut Sunita Williams for the most number of spacewalks by a female astronaut. To congradulate Peggy Whitson for the spacewalk, US President Donald Trump held a video conference where future plans of Nasa were discussed, including pioneering manned missions to Mars. Peggy Whitson, now the commander of the ISS for the second time, also holds the record for the most number of days spent in space by an American astronaut.
Published Date: May 11, 2017 01:56 pm | Updated Date: May 11, 2017 01:56 pm