How to Watch the Two Upcoming Spacewalks From the ISS

Two of the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) will soon undertake two exciting space walks to install new equipment and upgrade the outer part of the station. The first spacewalk this week will be on Wednesday January 27th and the second next week on Monday February 1st.

NASA will be broadcasting both spacewalks live and we have all the details on how to watch both events live.

What to Expect from the Space Walks

NASA astronaut and Expedition 63 commander Chris Cassidy captured this epic “space selfie” during a space walk on the International Space Station on July 21, 2020. NASA

The two spacewalks will be conducted by NASA flight engineers Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover, who both arrived on the ISS last November on their first mission with the SpaceX Crew Dragon.

The first spacewalk will complete the cabling and rigging work for the European Space Agency’s Bartolomeo platform, which is attached to the station’s Columbus module. Bartolomeo will conduct scientific and commercial projects including a device to measure plasma in the space environment. Preparations for his arrival begin with changes to the outside of the space station last year.

The second spacewalk involves installing a lithium-ion battery adapter plate, which is part of an upgrade to the station’s power systems that has been running since 2017.

For more details on what the crew will be doing, check out NASA’s preview animations showing the plans for the spacewalks.

How to watch the spacewalks

Both space walks will be broadcast live on NASA television. The creeks show the preparations for the space walks and then the total duration of each hike, which is around six and a half hours. Not only do NASA commentators see the astronauts in action, but they explain the steps they take and the processes they follow.

The livestreams begin on the day of each spacewalk, Wednesday, January 27th and Monday, February 1st, at 5:30 a.m. ET. The spacewalks themselves begin at 7:00 a.m. CET and are expected to run until around 1:30 p.m. CET on both days.

To watch the live streams, you can either visit NASA’s website or use the video player embedded at the top of this page.

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