"Ginormous fondue pot, bubbling over with piping hot awesomesauce", said American astronaut Jack Fischer as he embarked on his first-ever spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday.
The shortened spacewalk means Whitson and Fischer will probably only have time to complete one of the jobs planned Friday - the replacement of a large avionics box that routes telemetry and power to experiments and spare parts mounted on a depot outside the space station. These include replacing a large avionics box that supplies electricity and data connections for various onboard science experiments, and installing a fabric shield created to protect against micrometeorites on one of the spacecraft's pressurized mating adapters.
The two crew members will then install a protective shield on Pressurized Mating Adaptor-3, which will allow for a new docking port to attach for commercial crew. This adapter will be home to a new global docking port.
Running more than an hour behind schedule, U.S. EVA-42 began at 9:08 a.m. EDT (GMT-4). Whitson, on the other hand, has performed more spacewalks than any other woman. It wasn't originally assigned as Fischer's task, so Whitson and NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, spacewalk communicator back on the ground, guided him through the steps. "The crew is perfectly fine", said Navias.
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The pair of spacewalkers will also hook up a new HD camera and a set of wireless antennas on the outside of the ISS.
This is the 200th spacewalk devoted to station assembly and maintenance since construction began in 1998, the fifth so far this year, the first for Fischer and the ninth for Whitson, who is working through her third long-duration stay aboard the laboratory, her second stint as commander.
As the spacewalk concluded, Whitson said it was "amazing" to have completed the station's 200th spacewalk. All while the station zips around Earth at around 17,000 miles per hour. "It's a huge honor to work with all of you". "They created this fantastic floating laboratory in the sky that we call home, and [did] one heck of a job".