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Oct 08 2014

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Two rookies complete successful space walk

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and Germany’s Alexander Gerst walk for six hours and 13 minutes.

For the first time in more than two decades, two first-time spacefarers embarked together on their first career spacewalks, wearing U.S.-built Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMUs), when NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and Germany’s Alexander Gerst spent six hours and 13 minutes outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, 7 October. The two men departed the Quest airlock a little later than intended, at 8:30 a.m. EDT, but worked swiftly and remained ahead of the timeline, moving a failed pump module from a temporary to long-term storage location, replacing a failed camera light, and installing a new Relay Assembly to provide power redundancy for the railroad-like Mobile Transporter (MT), along which the 57.7-foot (17.4-meter) Canadarm2 robotic arm traverses between its various work sites. At the controls of the “Big Arm” for EVA-27 was fellow Expedition 41 astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore, who served as the “Intravehicular” (IV) crewman, working from the multi-windowed cupola.

 

Wiseman and Gerst

Bravo Zulu!

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