Two astronauts successfully spacewalked outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, March 23.
NASA astronaut Raja Chari and ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer orbited outside the outpost for 6 hours 54 minutes before returning inside at 3:26 p.m. ET.
The entire spacewalk was streamed live using cameras attached to both the ISS and the astronauts themselves. With the station orbiting at 17,000 miles per hour, the couple experienced about nine sunsets during their long mission.
NASA tweeted a video clip showing Chari and Maurer hanging from a cable while working together some 250 miles above Earth. The images revealed the challenge of performing complex tasks with bulky, pressurized gloves, showing that astronauts must have the patience of a saint to calmly deal with potentially frustrating situations.
Your job: cable management.
Your gear: thick, pressurized gloves.
Your location: space.
— NASA (@NASA) March 23, 2022
Below is another clip showing some of the tricky tasks crew members sometimes have to perform during a spacewalk.
Maurer and Chari arrived at the ISS in November for their first space journey. Wednesday’s spacewalk was Chari’s second to participate in a spacewalk with NASA colleague Kayla Barron last week, while Maurer stepped outside for the first time.
“Maurer and Chari have accomplished their main goal for today to install hoses on a Radiator Beam Valve Module that routes ammonia through the station’s heat-reducing radiators to keep the systems at the right temperature,” NASA said in a spacewalk report. . “The crew members also installed a power and data cable on the Columbus module’s Bartolomeo science platform, replaced an external camera on the station’s truss, and made other upgrades to the station hardware.”
The agency added that the two astronauts have postponed some secondary tasks, such as torque resetting and cable routing, until a future spacewalk.
Wednesday’s effort was the 248th spacewalk in support of space station assembly, upgrades and maintenance. After a short rest, Chari and Maurer resume their scientific research aboard the space station until their return home in April.