NASA is gearing up for another spacewalk at the International Space Station (ISS), the ninth this year.
Two recent space station visitors, Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron, will leave the ISS on Tuesday, November 30 to repair a malfunctioning antenna system.
The two astronauts will work together to replace a failing S-band antenna system with a spare that is already attached to the station’s truss backbone, NASA said in a message. “Over the S-band of radio frequencies, the space station transmits low-rate voice and data with flight controllers on the ground,” according to NASA.
They also stated that, despite the fact that the issue has a little impact on the station’s operations, now is the perfect moment to replace it.
Tuesday’s extracurricular activity, also known as spacewalks, will be Marshburn’s fifth. His most recent trips were in 2013 and 2009. Barron will be taking her first steps outside the station because this is her first trip into space.
In September 2021, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Japan’s space agency’s Akihiko Hoshide completed the most recent ISS spacewalk.
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