Thursday, November 17, 2022

Astronauts Frank Rubio & Josh Cassada on Spacewalk | International Space Station

Astronauts Frank Rubio & Josh Cassada on Spacewalk | International Space Station

NASA spacewalker Frank Rubio during an orbital sunset is pictured during a spacewalk tethered to the International Space Station's starboard truss structure. Behind Rubio, the last rays of an orbital sunset penetrate Earth's thin atmosphere as the space station flew 258 miles above the African nation of Algeria.

NASA spacewalker Frank Rubio takes an out-of-this-world "space-selfie"
NASA Spacewalker Frank Rubio
NASA Spacewalker Frank Rubio
NASA astronaut and Expedition 68 Flight Engineer Josh Cassada

 NASA Astronauts Koichi Wakata, Josh Cassada, and Nicole Mann

NASA Flight Engineers Josh Cassada and Frank Rubio spent seven hours and 11 minutes working outside the orbiting lab on Tuesday in their Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMUs), or spacesuits. The duo assembled a mounting bracket on the station’s starboard truss structure where new rollout solar arrays will be installed on upcoming spacewalks before the end of the year.

It was the 254th spacewalk in support of space station assembly, upgrades and maintenance, and was the first spacewalk for both astronauts. Cassada and Rubio are in the midst of a planned six-month science mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions, including lunar missions through NASA’s Artemis program. 

The next two U.S. spacewalks are scheduled on Tuesday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Dec. 3. 

Expedition 68 Crew

Station Commander Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos (Russia)

Roscosmos (Russia): Flight Engineers Anna Kikina & Dmitri Petelin

NASA: Flight Engineers Nicole Mann, Frank Rubio & Josh Cassada

JAXA (Japan): Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata

An international partnership of space agencies provides and operates the elements of the  International Space Station (ISS). The principals are the space agencies of the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, and Canada. The ISS has been the most politically complex space exploration program ever undertaken.

Learn more about the important research being operated on ISS:

Credit: NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC)

Capture Date: November 15, 2022

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