New Year Begins With Eye to Next Spacewalk

Tropical Cyclone Ula
Tropical Cyclone Ula
Tropical Cyclone Ula, a category 3 storm at the time this image was captured, is seen from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA TV

The Expedition 46 crew begins its first full week of the New Year planning for a spacewalk scheduled for Jan. 15. The orbiting residents are also busy with numerous science experiments benefitting life on Earth and future astronauts.

A pair of spacewalkers will replace a failed voltage regulator to return power to one of eight power channels next Friday. Two crew members will exit the Quest airlock and work outside for 6.5 hours for the replacement work. They will also rig cables for the future installation of docking adapters that will enable commercial crew vehicles to dock at the International Space Station. Final spacewalking roles will be confirmed following spacesuit hardware checkouts taking place today.

NASA astronauts Tim Kopra and Commander Scott Kelly collected and stowed blood and urine samples this morning for the Fluid Shifts study. That experiment observes the headward fluid shift caused by microgravity that increases brain pressure and pushes back on the eye. British astronaut Tim Peake also explored particles suspended in fluids, or colloids, which could benefit the design of advanced materials on Earth.

8 thoughts on “New Year Begins With Eye to Next Spacewalk”

  1. Here celebrating the dawn of the new year, we hope the space development toward the bright future and I wish it will lie ahead of us!

  2. There is no way to thank you all for leaving your home and Helping us With Our future.. Happy New Year and God Bless you all.

  3. NASA is the pilot, ISS is the rescue helicopter if ever this Ship…the Earth.. faces any danger in this ocean of Space. That alone is a quantum hope for humanity. I wish you more enthusiasm and a continued realisation of worthy goals

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