Astronauts on board the ISS have been working on installing new solar panel arrays outside the ISS for the past few weeks. The new solar panel arrays are upgrades for obsolete panels that have lost their effectiveness and give the space station the energy it needs for future operation. One of the space walks to install solar panels was previously canceled.
NASA has now confirmed that the rescheduled spacewalk will take place on Sunday, September 12th. NASA says it will provide details of the schedule during a press conference held September 10th at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Live coverage of the press conference and spacewalk will be broadcast on NASA TV, the NASA app and the agency’s website.
This particular spacewalk is remarkable as it will be the first to be performed by two international partner astronauts from the airlock on the Quest space station. The mission is US EVA 77 and was originally scheduled to take place on October 24th. During the mission, astronauts Thomas Pesquet and Akihiko Hoshide attach a support bracket to the space station in preparation for the future installation of a third solar system.
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei will assist the space station in recovering from a minor medical problem. NASA invites the media to attend a press conference to register no later than Thursday, September 9th. However, due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, personal attendance at the NASA facility is not permitted.
Anyone who watches everything on social media can participate and ask questions using the hashtag #AskNASA. Live coverage of the spacewalk will begin at 7:00 a.m. on September 12, with crew members expected to exit the airlock around 8:30 a.m. The spacewalk will take approximately six hours and 30 minutes.