National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Raja Chari and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Matthias Maurer will perform a spacewalk from the International Space Station on March 23. This was reported by the TASS news agency, citing data from NASA.
“They will change their suits to autonomous power at 8:50 a.m. Eastern Time (3:50 p.m. Moscow time), which will mark the start of the spacewalk, which will last six and a half hours,” NASA said in a statement. a statement.
Astronauts will perform a variety of tasks, including connecting pipes to the ISS heatsink radiator, installing power and data cables to the Columbus module, and replacing one of the video cameras on the station. For Chari and Maurer, this is the first flight to the ISS of their careers. They flew to the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft orbital station last November.
Chari has already had success participating in off-ship activities. Previously, he helped Kayla Barron install the bracket to which the new iROSA solar panel will be attached. Although the ISS solar panels are working normally, there are signs of wear (some batteries have been working since 2000). Currently, NASA plans to deploy six iROSA panels, thanks to which the power of the ISS power system will increase from 160 to 215 kW.