The spacewalk, which aided in the ongoing upgrades of the orbiting laboratory, began at 8:14 a.m. ET and ended at 3:01 p.m. ET, and lasted for six hours and 47 minutes.
Glover and Hopkins arrived at the space station in November as part of the NASA-SpaceX Crew-1 mission. This will be Glover’s fourth career in space and Hopkins’ fifth.
During a spacewalk, Glover was a member of Crew 1 in a red striped suit and Hopkins was a member of Crew 2 in the Unplanned suit. Hopkins’ helmet included a HD camera to get crystal-clear views of his perspective throughout the spacewalk.
Hopkins and Glover ventilated the early ammonia system connection cables and moved one of them and reconnected it to the existing cooling system for added efficiency. Ammonia is part of the plant’s cooling system.
Based on the tasks they completed together during their space walk on January 27, the two NASA astronauts also connected cables to the European Space Agency’s Columbus Unit’s Bartolomeo platform and replaced the cable for an amateur radio system, according to the agency. Bartolomeo can host external payloads.
Some of their other tasks included replacing the wireless antenna assembly on the first US-made unit known as Unity, installing a booster on the flexible thermal cover of the airlock where astronauts come and go on a spacewalk and guidance cables to provide Ethernet capabilities to two high-resolution cameras outside the station.
A few of the missions included in this spacewalk were catch-up items originally planned for recent spacewalks. However, it has been rescheduled for Saturday so that previous spacewalks can be assigned to the installation of modification kits that will allow new solar arrays to arrive outside the station later this year. These arrays will help boost the energy of the space station.
It was the fifth space walk in 2021 and 237 space walks overall in support of the space station.
“We are there for each other,” Glover said. “From a height of 250 miles, I see that we are united as a people. As we wait for the vaccines to be rolled out and given, we will be patient and do what is right. The first crew called the Dragon Capsule Resilience in part to honor you all and the incredible perseverance you have shown over the past year while overcoming hurdle after hurdle Keep it up and take care of each other. “
“Yes, it has been a difficult year,” Hopkins added. “But together, we can make sure that there is a brighter year ahead.”
Throughout the pandemic, NASA has been able to continue to safely launch astronauts to the space station, including the historic Crew-1 mission that transported Glover and Hopkins, as well as NASA astronaut Shannon Walker and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi.
The space station is about to experience a flurry of activity over the next month.
The Russian Space Agency, Roskosmos Oleg Nowitzki, Bayuter Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vandy Hee will launch to the space station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on April 9.
Vande Hei was selected as an astronaut in 2009 and had his first space flight test at the space station from September 2017 to February 2018. During the 168 days aboard the station, Vande Hei performed four spacewalks.
This time, Vande Hei and his crew will be working on multiple experiments, including studies on Alzheimer’s disease and portable ultrasound devices.
Vandi’s flight is aboard the Soyuz spacecraft as part of a contract with Axiom Space of Houston. In exchange, NASA would essentially provide a seat in a future commercial spacecraft launch in 2023 for a non-NASA space station crew member.
While NASA works with Boeing and SpaceX to ensure the safe transportation of crew to and from the space station using US-based launch operations, having a single seat aboard the Soyuz spacecraft means that there will always be at least one American crew member on board. Space station.
After launching from Baikonur in October, Roscosmos astronauts Sergey Ryzhikov, Sergey Cod Svereshkov and NASA astronaut Kate Robins will return to Earth on April 17. The -1 crew will return to Earth in April or May.
The Crew-1 comeback is dependent on the Crew-2 launch time.
This second rotation using the NASA-SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft will include NASA astronauts Shane Kimbro and Megan MacArthur, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshid and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet.
Crew-2, which can be launched on April 22, will join Crew-1 on the space station before Crew-1 returns to Earth.