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NASA ISS Spacewalks to be Broadcast Live Feb. 20, Feb. 24 and March 1

12 Feb 2015, 10:56 pm

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NASA is set to stream a series of spacewalks in the coming weeks. There are three walks set for Feb. 20, Feb. 24 and March 1. Two NASA astronauts on Expedition 42, Commander Barry Wilmore and Flight Engineer Terry Virts, will have the unique experience of going outside of the International Space Station. All of the spacewalks will last about six-and-a-half hours and should begin around 7:10 a.m. EST.

Why are they going outside of the ISS?

“They will prepare cables and communications gear for new docking ports that will allow future crews launched from Florida on U.S. commercial spacecraft to dock to the space station,” NASA said in a press release.

All of this is being done to prepare the ISS for a future that includes to possibility of commercial space travel and “other visiting aircraft.”

“[The dockling adapters] will permit the standard station crew size to grow from six to seven, potentially doubling the amount of time devoted to research aboard the orbiting laboratory,” NASA said.

These will be the 185th, 186th and 187th spacewalks at the ISS, since it’s launch into space.

Meteorologist Alan Raymond

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