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Astronauts Taking a Spacewalk at the Space Station Today Watch It Live

Astronauts Taking a Spacewalk at the Space Station Today Watch It Live

Astronauts have just wrapped up their five months of spacewalks doing robot arm fix work on the International Space Station.

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NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Norishige Kanai emerged from the Quest airlock at 7 a.m. EST (1200 GMT) and spent 5 hours and 57 minutes working to relocate a pair of Canadarm2's robotic "hands", called latching end effectors (LEEs), which were replaced with new units during a pair of spacewalks in October and January.

This last spacewalk in the series should have been completed long before now, but was postponed because of complications with the robotic hand that was installed last month.

The arm can move end over end like an inchworm, anchoring itself to powered fittings around the USA segment of the station, or it can mount itself on a mobile transporter that can carry the arm to work sites along the lab's main power truss.

The Associated Press reports that Mission control messaged the astronauts, stating "Awesome job again, with everything completed..."

Vande Hei replied that "It was great to be a small part of a team in space representing a whole space team on the ground".

The astronauts marveled over the Earthly vistas, from start to finish.

Tingle arrived Dec.19 and is scheduled to return to Earth in June.

"It's an incredible view over someplace that's got lots of snow", radioed Vande Hei, making his fourth spacewalk.

The spacewalk will be the 208th in support of space station assembly and maintenance and the third in 2018.

During their spacewalk together on February 16, 2018, NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei "stands" on a portable foot restraint while JAXA astronaut Norishige Kanai floats by the Quest airlock. Kanai became the 220th person to conduct a spacewalk, according to NASA statistics.

The next crew expedition to International Space Station is planned on March 21st and will send Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold form NASA and Oleg Artemyev from the Russian space agency.

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