Sunita Williams to embark on 5th spacewalk today
Washington: Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide will embark on the second spacewalk of the Expedition 32 mission outside the International Space Station on Thursday.
Sunita Williams will wear a suit with red stripes for the fifth spacewalk in her career. Hoshide, wearing a suit with no stripes, will be conducting his first spacewalk. He is the third Japanese astronaut in history to conduct a spacewalk.
It will be a 6-1/2 hour excursion designed to replace a faulty power relay unit on the station’s truss, rig power cables for the arrival late next year of a Russian laboratory module, and install a thermal cover on a docking port.
The spacewalks will be the 163rd and 164th in support of space station assembly and maintenance.
The first spacewalk of the Expedition 32 mission was scheduled on August 20, which featured Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency in Russian Orlan spacesuits.
They floated outside the Pirs docking compartment airlock for a 6-1/2 hour spacewalk to relocate a cargo boom from Pirs to the Zarya module, complete the installation of micrometeoroid debris shields on the Zvezda service module and deploy a small science satellite.
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