Astronauts Spacewalk, Install New Docking Port Outside Space Station

Katie Ramirez
August 22, 2019

Accordingly, NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan completed their planned spacewalk out of the ISS at 2:59 EDT on Wednesday.

The new docking port will help accommodate incoming commercial crew spacecrafts from Boeing and SpaceX, Space.com reports. SpaceNews reports that Hague and Morgan are installing the International Docking Adapter-3 (IDA-3) to Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 on the Harmony's module's space-facing side. It will likely be utilized by SpaceX and Boeing as soon as they begin launching astronauts to the orbiting lab late this 12 months or early subsequent 12 months.

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It's a busy month for the space station, as its six-person Expedition 60 crew are also tending to scientific research on board such as rodent experiments and stem cell differentiation. The dear turned into as soon as hooked up three years ago. "You gave us a brand new docking port for our next-generation spacecraft", Mission Management radioed because the 6 ½-hour spacewalk ended. In addition they hooked up reflectors for navigation.

It was the third spacewalk for Hague and the first for Morgan, an Army doctor who moved into the station a month ago.

SpaceX launched its first crew Dragon capsule with nobody aboard in March. During their six-hour and 32-minute spacewalk, the two astronauts successfully installed the second of two worldwide docking adapters (IDA) on top of the station's Harmony module. The spacewalk is the 218th in support of station assembly, maintenance and upgrades.

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