NASA astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O’Hara recently completed a successful spacewalk aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The duo spent 6 hours and 42 minutes outside the station, performing various tasks to ensure the smooth functioning of the ISS.
During the spacewalk, Moghbeli (EV1) donned a suit with red stripes, while O’Hara (EV2) wore an unmarked suit. The primary objective of the spacewalk was to replace a trundle bearing assembly on the port solar alpha rotary joint. This critical task ensures that the station’s solar arrays can track the Sun and continue generating electricity.
In addition to this, Moghbeli and O’Hara also removed a handling bar fixture in preparation for the installation of a roll-out solar array. They also resolved an issue with an interfering cable, ensuring that all systems are in optimal condition.
However, the astronauts faced a setback when they were unable to complete the planned task of removing and stowing a communications electronics box called the Radio Frequency Group. Despite their best efforts, this particular task proved to be more challenging than anticipated.
Unfortunately, a tool bag was accidentally lost during the spacewalk. However, mission control deemed it to be of low risk and no action was required to ensure the safety of the crew.
Moghbeli and O’Hara are currently on a science mission aboard the ISS, where they are working to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate technologies for future exploration missions. Their expertise and hard work are invaluable in pushing the boundaries of human exploration and paving the way for future space missions.
Looking ahead, the next resupply mission to the ISS is scheduled for Tuesday, November 7. It will be carried out by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and cargo Dragon spacecraft. This mission aims to bring approximately 6,500 pounds of supplies, research, and hardware to the ISS. The launch is targeted for 9:16 p.m. EST from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, with NASA Television coverage starting at 10:15 a.m. The spacecraft is expected to arrive at the ISS on Thursday, November 9, just before 12 p.m.
Overall, the recent spacewalk by Moghbeli and O’Hara was a success, with important maintenance tasks completed to ensure the smooth operation of the ISS. Their dedication and expertise contribute significantly to the scientific and technological advancements being made in space exploration.