Virts and Wilmore Complete Spacewalk Trilogy

Spacewalker Terry Virts
Spacewalker Terry Virts works outside the Quest airlock. Credit: NASA TV

NASA astronauts Terry Virts and Barry Wilmore ended their spacewalk at 12:30 p.m. EST with the repressurization of the Quest airlock. Virts and Wilmore completed installing 400 feet of cable and several antennas associated with the Common Communications for Visiting Vehicles system known as C2V2. Boeing’s Crew Transportation System (CST)-100 and the SpaceX Crew Dragon will use the system in the coming years to rendezvous with the orbital laboratory and deliver crews to the space station. They completed one additional task to retrieve a bag to cover equipment on the outside of the station.

The 5-hour, 38-minute spacewalk was the third for Virts and the fourth for Wilmore. Virts has now spent 19 hours and 2 minutes outside during his three spacewalks. Wilmore now has spent 25 hours and 36 minutes in the void of space during his four excursions.

Crews have now spent a total of 1,171 hours and 29 minutes conducting space station assembly and maintenance during 187 spacewalks.


7 thoughts on “Virts and Wilmore Complete Spacewalk Trilogy”

  1. I still find it amazing that we’re actually in space. We’ve gone from little straw huts, wanting answers about what we hardly knew as the universe, to sending our own into space to live in a man-built station to conduct experiments that will better our understanding of what we still hardly know (but comprehend better) as the universe.

    Now I’m in 9th grade and absolutely love astronomy! I really hope that one day I can, like many of those I adore, be sent into space to help better our understanding of our unimaginably spectacular universe. There’s much we don’t know, and so there’s much to learn!

    Unlike most kids my age I don’t hang out with friends (although I do have my fair share of video games), rather I enjoy spending my free time either reading about the history of astronomy, or reading articles of what is currently being done in any fields of astronomy (especially astrophysics). I’m just so fascinated and curious about what’s beyond my home; and cannot wait until the day I escape the boundaries of Earth; now that would just be a dream come true.

    Rather than looking at the Earth, from within the atmosphere of the Earth, looking down at the Earth and seeing just how beautiful it is (if we haven’t completely destroyed it by the time I make my journey to space) would be the best thing I may ever live to see! Having a different perspective, or viewing point, of the Earth and what’s beyond Earth really makes me sit back and think; it makes me think of how blessed I am to be living in an era that is far more advanced than before.

    I’m sorry to say but after writing all of this I find that I’m somewhat speechless. For all I ca do right now is think of how amazing everything is. I don’t expect many to actually read this; as a matter of fact I just wrote this for my own satisfaction, and satisfied I am, indeed!

    -Timothy Keyes, Jr.

  2. Truly fascinating. I still marvel at man’s progress in the exploration of Earth and space.

    I recall many former NASA projects and watching the Apollo lunar landings on TV. A shame, that countries (need to) spend so much effort battling each other on our planet, when we could combine our efforts for the good of mankind.

    I’d like to thank NASA and their dedicated employees and supporters for enabling us to view and read about you ongoing exploration!

  3. Virts and Wilmort.. Sir both of u did an amazin’ job.. Would like to thank u for takin’ this world a step more ahead.

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