British Astronaut Tim Peake to make first spacewalk to repair power unit for solar panels

British Astronaut Tim Peake to make first spacewalk to repair power unit for solar panels

ASTRONAUT Tim Peake looks out of this world as he prepares to become the first Brit to carry out a spacewalk.

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) shared this photo taken aboard the International Space Station on Jan. 11, 2015, during preparations for a spacewalk, or extra-vehicular activity (EVA).

Peake wrote, “Final suit fit check prior to Friday’s EVA feels just great! #Principia #spacewalk”

On Friday, Jan. 15, Expedition 46 flight engineers Tim Kopra of NASA and Tim Peake of ESA will venture outside the space station’s Quest airlock to replace a failed voltage regulator that compromised one of the station’s eight power channels last November. The spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 7:55 a.m. EST and will be the third in Kopra’s career and the first for Peake, and the 192nd for maintenance of the space station. It will be the 35th spacewalk using the U.S. Quest airlock.

Additional tasks include deploying cables for the future installation of an International Docking Adapter that will accommodate U.S. commercial crew vehicles, and retrieving a broken light from a truss camera.




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