First of Three Spacewalks Complete

Spacewalkers Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts
Spacewalkers Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts worked to set up 340 feet of cable on Pressurized Mating Adapter-2 readying it for an International Docking Adapter to accommodate future commercial crew vehicles. Credit: NASA TV

NASA astronauts Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts ended their spacewalk at 2:26 p.m. EST with the repressurization of the Quest airlock. Wilmore and Virts completed all the scheduled tasks for today and one get ahead task. They rigged a series of power and data cables at the forward end of the Harmony module and Pressurized Mating Adapter-2 and routed 340 of 360 feet of cable. The cable routing work is part of a reconfiguration of station systems and modules to accommodate the delivery of new docking adapters that commercial crew vehicles will use later this decade to deliver astronauts to the orbital laboratory.

The 6-hour, 41-minute spacewalk was the first for Virts. Wilmore now has spent 13 hours and 15 minutes in the void of space during two spacewalks. The spacewalk began this morning at 7:45 a.m. Astronauts have now spent a total of 1,159 hours and 8 minutes conducting space station assembly and maintenance during 185 spacewalks.

The duo will venture outside the space station again on Wednesday, Feb. 25, to deploy two more cables and lubricate the end of the space station’s robotic arm. NASA TV coverage will begin at 6 a.m. Wednesday ahead of a planned 7:10 a.m. start time for the spacewalk.

11 thoughts on “First of Three Spacewalks Complete”

  1. Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts, you all are brave individuals to be out there spacewalking for hours at a time. I can’t say I’d have the guts to step out into something that one tear in the suit could cause quick death. Keep it up you all are amazing!

  2. Great…. beautiful. Do you know that Samantha’s dream is to be out there in a space walk? I really hope that you at the ESA will consider making her dream come true. Please do, she is wonderful.

  3. These space walks seem way ahead of when the new docking adapters will be needed for commercial delivery of astronauts to the ISS. Must be a slow month on the International Space Station.

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