Here Are A Few Important Tasks NASA Accomplished During The March 29 Spacewalk
Nick Hague and Christina Koch of NASA embarked on a much publicised spacewalk on March 29.
NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch embarked on a much publicized spacewalk on March 29 at 2:27pm EDT. The spacewalk was successfully conducted and the astronauts made it back to the space station unharmed. Just a refresher, the March 29th spacewalk was expected to be a historic all-female walk but due to the unavailability of a specially-fitted spacesuit, the plan had to be rescheduled. It raised a lot of questions regarding the mission and NASA provided a detailed explanation on why the suit was not easy to procure. You can read more about it here. But, in this article we will list down a few things that these brave astronauts achieved during this particular spacewalk.
- The spacewalk lasted for six hours and 45 minutes, during which the astronauts connected three newer, more powerful lithium-ion batteries. One channel on an older pair of the station’s solar arrays was powered by six nickel-hydrogen batteries, but it has since been replaced by the new lithium-ion batteries.
- Nick Hague and Christina Koch worked to enable robotic specialists to remove one of the three new batteries that were installed during the spacewalk.
- The astronauts completed several tasks that will help future spacewalkers in terms of safety. In short, they prepared and readied the worksite for future spacewalks.
- Nick Hague inspected the portable foot restraint, which is used by spacewalkers to anchor themselves during the battery swap.
- Christina Koch installed fabric handrails that will help future spacewalkers in moving across the worksite.
Nick Hague was on his second spacewalk while it was the first spacewalk for Christina Koch, who checked into the International Space Station just a few months ago. She has become only the 14th female spacewalker to achieve the feat. Hague has spent around 13 hours and 24 minutes spacewalking as well.