At this point, both NASA crew members are senior spacewalkers. Since arriving at the space station in November, Glover has conducted two spacewalks. This will be his third game.
Rubens made a spacewalk during the first rotation of the space station in 2016, so this is also her third time.
If this Sunday’s spacewalk seems to be earlier than previous spacewalks-especially considering that it took place on the weekend-then that is the case. However, Kenny Todd, deputy manager of the International Space Station Program, reminded at a news conference on Wednesday: “This is actually not a Monday-Friday program.”
Rubins and Glover will prepare for the upcoming solar array upgrade by assembling and installing retrofit kits.
Although the power station’s current solar arrays can still operate normally, their performance is declining. This degradation can be expected because they only have a service life of about 15 years and were installed in December 2000, so it can be said that their warranty period has expired.
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, later this year, brand new solar arrays will be placed in front of the six solar arrays currently installed in the plant, increasing the power of the plant from 160 kilowatts to 215 kilowatts. Solar panels will be launched to the space station using SpaceX vehicles from June.
During the spacewalk, Rubin will be Astronaut 1 in a red striped suit, and Glover will be Astronaut 2 in a suit without stripes.
Rubens will also take a spacewalk on March 5 with Japan’s Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut Soichi Noguchi to complete many tasks, including exhausting ammonia from early ammonia systems, replacing wireless video transceiver components, and Install the “stiffener” on the Quest airlock insulation cover. This will prevent the cover from blowing out when the atmosphere escapes when the door is opened.
This will be the 235th spacewalk in the station’s history.
From earth to space
Harris said: “Victor, it’s nice to meet you, and we are proud of you for the history you are doing.”
Glover is the first African-American in the history of the Orbital Laboratory to fly on a long-term mission to a space station.
During the conversation, Harris and Glover discussed the people before Glover and inspired him.
Glover said: “I often think of that thing.” “All seven of us are part of the amazing legacy of human space flight. This is a moment we should celebrate, and we should appreciate it, but it really makes me feel The most exciting thing is the future of human space flight and this fact. This will be the future. This is what we are going to do. We want to make sure that we can continue to do new things.”
Harris agreed. “My mother would say to me,’Camara, you may be the first to do many things. Make sure you are not the last.'”
When Harris asked Glover about his first two spacewalks and his views on the Earth, Glover said that he took advice from other colleagues, “shrink the world and focus on what’s in front of you. And slowly expand your horizons. Worldview.”
Glover said that when he saw the earth for the first time on a spacewalk, he wanted to be intoxicated for a few hours. But he focused on many tasks in the future, and the spacewalk was “busy and beautiful.”
Glover also talked about how fragile the earth looks from space, especially our thin atmosphere, and how special it is to have human life on earth.
Glover said: “It makes me want to do my best to protect this.”