Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: NASA on Friday decided to delay the first two of three complicated spacewalks at the International Space Station planned in the coming days to investigate spacesuits problem linked to 2013 when there was an issue of water in the helmet.
Astronauts Butch Wilmore and Terry Virts have been designated to undertake the first spacewalk. It was supposed to occur Friday, but was delayed by NASA to Saturday to resolve a spacesuit problem. The first spacewalk is scheduled to take place at 7:10 am on Saturday.
The second spacewalk is planned to take place on Wednesday i.e. February 25 and the third one on March 1.
“Space station managers decided Thursday to move the first two spacewalks by NASA`s Expedition 42 commander Barry `Butch` Wilmore and flight engineer Terry Virts by one day because of added analysis of spacesuits they will wear,” said a NASA statement.
All spacewalks will begin at 1210 GMT and are expected to last around six hours.
Their job aims to prepare the space station for the arrival as early as 2017 of US commercial crew capsules bringing astronauts to low-Earth orbit for the first time since the 2011 end of the space shuttle program.
Boeing and SpaceX are in the process of completing their respective crew vehicles, which will restore the United States` ability to send astronauts to low-Earth orbit after the retirement of the space shuttle program in 2011.
(With Agency inputs)