Spacewalking astronauts rushed with a lube task and also electronic camera swaps outside the International Spaceport station on Tuesday, their 2nd journey outside in much less compared to a week.
Astronaut Mark Vande Hei made rapid job of oiling the huge robot arm’s greenhorn.
Vande Hei and also terminal leader Randy Bresnik changed the locking system on one end of the 58- foot robot arm last Thursday. The system malfunctioned in August.
Tuesday’s job included utilizing a grease weapon, which looks like a caulking weapon, to maintain the locking system functioning efficiently. Vande Hei obtained a dive in advance in some oiling duties, yet the two-part task still will certainly splash right into following week, in a last and also 3rd spacewalk.
“Why do not we clean, wash, repeat. Do it once again in a week,” Bresnik stated as the 6-hour spacewalk ended.
These locks, or hands, lie on each end of the Canadian-built robot arm. They’re utilized to order showing up UNITED STATE freight ships as well as enable the robot arm to move the orbiting laboratory.
Introduced in 2001 with the remainder of the robot arm, the initial locks were revealing their age. NASA prepares to change the locking system on the other end of the arm very early following year.
Vande Hei and also Bresnik likewise changed numerous electronic camera settings up at the 250- mile-high station.
” Exactly what do you provide for a repetition?” Bresnik asked Vande Hei, after 2 effective spacewalks.
” I complete 6 months on the spaceport station,” Vande Hei responded. He got here a month back.
Vande Hei will certainly remain the following spacewalk on Oct.18 Rather, Bresnik will certainly be gone along with by Joe Acaba, a teacher-turned-astronaut.
6 guys live at the orbiting laboratory: 3 Americans, 2 Russians and also one Italian. As the spaceport station came close to Italy early in the spacewalk, Objective Control prompted Bresnik and also Vande Hei to take some images for their crewmate, Paolo Nespoli.