Crew Getting Spacesuits Ready While Researching Life Science

Astronauts Tim Kopra and Tim Peake
Astronauts Tim Kopra and Tim Peake work on U.S. spacesuits inside the Quest airlock where spacewalks are staged. Credit: NASA TV

Two astronauts are preparing a pair of U.S. spacesuits to get ready for next week’s spacewalk to continue the maintenance of the International Space Station. In the midst of those preparations, the six-member Expedition 46 crew is proceeding with ongoing space science to improve life on Earth and benefit future astronauts.

Tim Kopra from NASA and Tim Peake from the European Space Agency will be the spacewalkers on Jan. 15. They will work outside for about six-hours and 30-minutes to replace a failed voltage regulator, rig cables for future International Docking Adapters and perform other maintenance tasks.

The station residents also worked throughout the day on a variety of experiments exploring human research, physics and other advanced subjects.

Commander Scott Kelly joined cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko for the Fluid Shifts study. That experiment observes how microgravity increases brain pressure which may push back on a crew member’s eyes, resulting in changes to their vision. Peake and Kopra also participated in life science experiments exploring heart function during long-term space missions and the efficacy of medications in space.

13 thoughts on “Crew Getting Spacesuits Ready While Researching Life Science”

  1. Good luck!

    Do all the station residents do space walks, or just a few of them? The training for it looks very intense!

  2. I felt we live our usual life on the nature earth by science included the physics of the universe.
    There was special techniques of the universe at hand.
    I am looking forward to that how it will develop towards the future and hopefully the next spacewalk will be success!

  3. I am a third grade teacher at Akron Elementary School in Akron, NY. My students are wondering- What does it feel like to walk on the moon?

  4. Simply wanting to wish the Two Tims all the best of luck for their “space walk” on 15th Jan., esp our Major Tim Peake, whose 1st Walk this will be. Hope it is the most amazing, mind-blowing, life-changing experience for you. God bless, keep safe and every success on your repair project outside the ISS. You instil a heart-bursting pride to be British in me more than any other cause. So proud of you.

  5. I wish them all the best for their efforts to bring us more research back on earth. am so much interested hopefully I wanna be there to witness when they are coming back

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