Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

NASA astronauts install high-definition video camera outside ISS

NASA astronauts install high-definition video camera outside ISS

This spacewalk was the fourth for Bresnik's career and the second for Vande Hei.

The astronauts will lubricate components of a new hand they installed on the space station's Canadian-built robotic arm during an October 5 spacewalk. "In order to do that, he'll have to first install a new socket onto the newly repaired latching end effector and then insert his foot restraint", Glenda Brown, the lead EVA officer for today's spacewalk, said during the briefing. Vande Hei carried out the fast greasing process, but still, some part is left which will be greased in the 3rd spacewalk scheduled to take place next week.

While conducting a spacewalk during shuttle mission STS-123 in 2008, NASA astronaut Rick Linnehan is anchored to the end of Canadarm2.

After lubricating the robotic arm, the two United States astronauts replaced the camera present on the station's truss.

NASA spokesman Rob Navias described the camera equipment as offering "new eyes" to the orbiting outpost, as live video showed astronaut Randy Bresnik in sharp detail, floating in his white spacesuit. The camera that was replaced on Tuesday was adding pink hue in the images, thus degrading the quality of the images. Expedition 53 astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba will also "stand" on Canadarm2 during spacewalks on October 10 and October 18. But for this, Vande Hei will be replaced by Flight Engineer Joe Acaba, a teacher-turned astronomer.

The second of the trio spacewalk series went off smoothly and came to an end after 6 hours and 26 minutes.

Bresnik will conduct another spacewalk October 18 with NASA astronaut Joe Acaba to finalize the servicing on the Canadarm2 robotic arm.

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