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Busy Tuesday -- Spacesuit Fit Checks and Microsatellite Deployment

The ISS May Be Cool... But It's NO Place For The Idle

The Expedition 63 crew has been reviewing tasks and trying on spacesuits ahead of two spacewalks set to begin Friday. Another microsatellite was deployed from the International Space Station, as well.

Two NASA astronauts spent all day Tuesday preparing for the first of two spacewalks that will start on Friday at 7:35 a.m. EDT. Commander Chris Cassidy and Flight Engineer Bob Behnken began the morning on a specialized computer going over the complex tasks they will use to upgrade station power systems. The second spacewalk is scheduled for July 1 at 7:20 a.m.

Space station managers will provide more details about the spacewalks during a live briefing on NASA TV starting Wednesday at 2 p.m. NASA TV will also begin its live coverage of Friday’s spacewalk at 6 a.m.

Flight Engineer Doug Hurley partnered with the spacewalkers in the morning and reviewed the Canadarm2 robotic arm procedures necessary to execute the maintenance spacewalks. Cosmonaut Ivan Vagner joined the trio in the afternoon helping Cassidy and Behnken in and out of their U.S. spacesuits to verify they fit.

The third Red-Eye microsatellite was staged outside Japan’s Kibo laboratory module ready for deployment. The station’s fine-tuned Canadian robotic hand, known as Dextre, grappled Red-Eye installed inside the Kaber Microsat Deployer from which it was ejected. It will test satellite communications, flight computers and thermal management technologies.

FMI: www.nasa.gov


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