Spacewalking astronauts add parking spot to space station

Spacewalking astronauts add parking spot to space station

Two NASA astronauts performed a spacewalk to install a new port on the International Space Station Wednesday. IDA-3 will be the space station's second docking port that will accommodate the Boeing CST-100 Starliner and the SpaceX Crew Dragon, two commercial crew spacecraft expected to travel to the space station later this year, SpaceNews noted. They also attached reflectors for navigation.

Ever since its space shuttles retired in 2011, NASA has been limited to Russian rockets for getting astronauts to the space station. The first commercial crew astronauts will fly late this year or sometime in 2020.

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"Successfully", responded Mission Control, "we maintain a definite jealousy of what you guys are doing as effectively, so I'd grunt it's a most attention-grabbing alternate". "The duo will assist in the installation of International Docking Adapter-3 (IDA-3) to Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 on the space-facing side of the station's Harmony module", the U. They are installing a new docking port today, Space.com reports.

It turned into as soon as the third spacewalk for Hague and the first for Morgan, an Military doctor who moved into the placement a month ago. Space station crew members have spent a total of 56 days, 23 hours, and 26 minutes during 218 spacewalks in support of station assembly, maintenance and upgrades.

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