Astronauts give a 'hand' to robotic arm on spacewalk outside station

Astronauts give a 'hand' to robotic arm on spacewalk outside station

Astronauts give a 'hand' to robotic arm on spacewalk outside station

Expedition 53 Commander Randy "Komrade" Bresnik and ISS flight engineer Mark Vande will be replacing a motor that malfunctioned on the device used to move supplies and undock spacecraft.

The astronauts will be working on a newly replaced robotic arm called "Canadarm2" and will be replacing cameras outside the station's U.S. Destiny laboratory.

The 3.5-minute footage, according to RT News, was captured during a seven-and-half-hour spacewalk performed in August.

"The LEE is the mechanism, the set of mechanisms, that does all the heavy lifting, it does all the mechanical attachment when the arm walks end over end and establishes a new base point, when it picks up our robot DEXTRE to go do station maintenance or when it catches and releases free-flying cargo vehicles", said Tim Braithwaite, the Canadian Space Agency's station liaison. "We're actually very pleased that both LEEs lasted this long", he said. The Canadarm2 has started experiencing some wear and tear.

"I think a big part of studying space is challenging ourselves as humans, because we kind of have the earth down". Canadarm flew on 90 missions between 1981 and 2011, helping with things like setting up the Hubble Telescope, retrieving a stranded communications satellite and building the space station.

After warning that America was losing its space supremacy - noting that the country had not sent an astronaut into low-earth orbit in almost half a century and has since 2011 paid Russian Federation to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station - Mr Pence issued a ringing call to again make America a leader in space exploration. The original latching mechanisms, one on each end of the arm, have been used almost 400 times.

"Alright gentleman, we show a good arm", Mission Control radioed the spacewalkers once the spare was in place. Then, they'll gather their tools and head back to the Quest airlock.

The two astronauts are scheduled to venture outside the station again on Tuesday (Oct. 10), to begin lubricating the newly-installed LEE and complete other tasks. Joe Acaba arrived at the space station September 12 for his third mission to space.

Today's spacewalk marks the third of Bresnik's career and the first for Vande Hei.

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