Spacewalkers Attaching Cables for Future Commercial Crew Vehicles

Spacewalkers Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts
Spacewalkers Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts attach power and data cables to the port and starboard sides of Pressurized Mating Adapter-2. Credit: NASA TV

Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes into today’s spacewalk, astronauts Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts have finished attaching several new cables on the port side of Pressurized Mating Adapter-2. The duo will reinstall a debris shield before moving to attach another new cable on the starboard side and route additional cables during their remaining time outside the International Space Station.

The crew is routing more than 300 feet of cable during today’s spacewalk and a second one planned for Wednesday as part of a reconfiguration of the station to enable U.S. commercial crew vehicles under development to dock to the space station in the coming years.

Watch the spacewalk on NASA Television at

5 thoughts on “Spacewalkers Attaching Cables for Future Commercial Crew Vehicles”

  1. I haven’t seen either of the two docking ports. The men have done a super job, having time enough to do extra, but I would like to see what the difference is between the ports. How about some pictures of them from your mock up on the ground or in the water?

  2. If algae can survive in space could it be used in tanks of water with windows to oxygenate and remove carbon dioxide? Attaching things to the station made me think of additional tanks of water for astronaut consumption.

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