Nasa Astronaut Talks Spacewalks Ahead of Next One on Monday
NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover are preparing for their second spacewalk in less than a week as part of Expedition 64 aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Ahead of the extravehicular activity (EVA), which is slated to begin early Monday, February 1st, NASA released a short video (below) showing dramatic footage of spacewalks, accompanied by an audio track from Hopkins talking about his very first EVA speaks, which took place in 2013.
The American astronaut, who has since completed two additional spacewalks, described his first eight years ago as “a pretty emotional moment,” adding, “It can be a little nerve-wracking, and you’re very excited too, right because this is one of the events you have dreamed of. “
But Hopkins says as soon as you get out of the hatch into space, training begins [and] Suddenly it’s just muscle memory. “
The key to getting off to a great start on a spacewalk? Practice lessons. See @Astro_illini and @AstroVicGlover bring what they’ve learned to the ground for use in space. NASA television coverage begins on Monday, February 1, at 5.30 a.m. CET: https://t.co/mzKW5uV4hS. pic.twitter.com/fWVVmwcS5E
– NASA (@NASA) February 1, 2021
Glover’s own feelings about what it is like to go on a first spacewalk 250 miles above Earth will be fresh in his own mind, as it was a few days ago. Working with Hopkins, Glover performed a number of tasks including dropping a decommissioned portion of the ISS into space – a fascinating process captured by an ISS camera.
During the EVA on Monday, the two astronauts will install one final lithium-ion battery adapter plate that will complete the battery replacement work that began four years ago.
Hopkins and Glover will also remove a bracket for the bracket, replace an external camera on the starboard truss, install a new high-resolution camera in the Destiny lab, and replace components for the Japanese robotic arm’s camera system outside of the Kibo module, NASA said.
The space agency will stream the entire spacewalk online. So you can watch. Coverage begins at 5:30 a.m. ET, but the astronauts are not expected to emerge from the orbiting outpost until around 7 a.m. If it’s a little early, the good news is that the spacewalk is expected to be around six hours, so you can join it anytime – or just hop on and off – all morning.
In the meantime, check out our collection of incredible spacewalk images taken since NASA’s first EVA 56 years ago.