Peggy Whitson set to break Suni Williams' spacewalking record

31 March, 2017, 01:54 | Author: Jacqueline Ellis

This will be the 199th spacewalk in support of space station assembly and maintenance.The spacewalk is Kimbrough's sixth of his career and Whitson's eighth of her career, more than any other female astronaut.

When Wilson makes her next spacewalk, likely sometime in April depending on the arrival of needed supplies, she will become the third-most-experienced spacewalker, male or female.

Whitson is working with Commander Shane Kimbrough on the International Space Station Thursday to connect cables and install an updated computer relay box.

Expedition 50 Flight Engineer and astronaut Peggy Whitson is geared up to break the spacewalk record after she goes on her eighth spacewalk.

The shielding protects against micrometeorite debris. A statement on NASA's website said the shield "was inadvertently lost" and "posed no immediate danger to the astronauts". After today, Whitson will hav accumulated 59 hours in spacewalking, but hey, that could grow-she won't be back on Earth until sometime in the fall.

Whitson and Kimbrough will finish cable connections at the Pressurised Mating Adapter-3 just recently attached to the Harmony module's space-facing port.

Active on her Twitter account, @AstroPeggy, Whitson often writes about how research at the space station relates to everyday life, and how she travels the world as part of her astronaut training.

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The cover is made of the same material as the shielding, according to Mission Control, and just as capable of protecting against potential strikes by bits of space debris and providing thermal control.

Spacewalkers have lost objects before but usually the items are small, like bolts.

Spacewalkers have lost things before, including an entire tool kit in 2008. It eventually will re-enter the atmosphere and burn up.

Whitson, meanwhile, has set a new spacewalking record for women.

This will serve as the second of two docking ports for the future SpaceX and Boeing crew capsules. This is her third tour of duty aboard the ISS.

Whitson and Pesquet are officially scheduled to carry out another spacewalk April 6, but needed equipment is awaiting launch aboard an Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo ship that has been grounded by work to fix hydraulic lines in the freighter's Atlas 5 rocket.

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