NASA Will Proceed with Unexpected Spacewalk on Monday

NASA Will Proceed with Unexpected Spacewalk on Monday

NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) Mission Management Team decided today to proceed with an unexpected spacewalk tomorrow (Monday).  It will begin at 8:10 am ET.

NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra need to fix the Mobile Transporter (MT) on the outside of the ISS, which became stuck on December 16 when ground controllers were trying to move it from one location to another.  The MT must be in its correct position and latched into place before a Russian Progress cargo spacecraft docks with the ISS on Wednesday (it is scheduled for launch tomorrow).

 NASA said today the spacewalk will begin at 8:10 am ET and last about three hours, but the start time is variable because Kopra will be conducting a fit-check of his spacesuit.  He arrived on ISS only four days ago, though he has flown in space before and conducted a spacewalk.  Kelly has been on ISS since March; this will be his third spacewalk.

The spacewalk will be broadcast on NASA TV.

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