June 14 (UPI) – NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel will again spend several hours outside the International Space Station. The duo will use Thursday's spacewalk to install high-definition cameras, which will offer enhanced views of the approaching spacecraft.
Comrades of Expedition 56 Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Alexander Gerst, who arrived last week, will support the space mission, which will be broadcast live on NASA TV.
Transmission coverage will begin at 6:30 a.m. ET, but the astronauts will not leave the space station until 8:10 a.m.
Gerst, of the European Space Agency, will assist Arnold and Feustel enter and leave their space suits, while Auñón-Chancellor of NASA will operate the Canadarm2 robotic arm during the mission.
While Gerst and Auñón-Chancellor were training for their roles during Thursday's mission, Arnold and Feustel spent time conducting scientific experiments and performing maintenance tasks.
"Arnold worked with Microgravity Science Glovebox to solve a semiconductor crystal growth experiment," NASA said in a statement. date. "Feustel did some plumbing work on the Tranquility module before relocating a couple of incubation units to admit new experiments in the next SpaceX Dragon cargo mission."
The astronauts also set up the robotic workstation, prepared their space suits and set up the Quest airlock, all in preparation for tomorrow's mission.
Thursday's spacewalk will be 211 in the history of the space station and the sixth this year. Both Arnold and Feustel are veterans of space travel. The mission will mark the ninth trip of Feustel outside the space station and the fifth for Arnold. The spacewalk will last 6.5 hours.
"Feustel will surpass the record of NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson of 60 hours and 21 minutes to move to third place for the time accumulated during spacewalks," NASA confirmed.