In a process to repair the cosmic ray detector in the International Space Station, two astronauts carried out a complex process on Friday. Luca Parmitano, a European astronaut, and his crew member Drew Morgan, a NASA astronaut, carried out an operation that lasts up to a whopping 6 hours and 33 minutes.
This Friday’s incident marks the second instance in the process of repairing the cooling system of Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS). They went for a spacewalk on the last Friday before. The spectrometer situated on the right side of the International Space Station and not meant to be repairable. As a result, the repairing work termed as one of the toughest in recent space history.
The Importance of Spectrometer
The 2 billion USD worth instrument was placed in the International Space Station in 2011. The installment marks the last space flight to set up the International Space Station. If the repair work is successful, the equipment will last for another 5 to 10 years, scientists revealed. The spectrometer is extremely important for the study of antimatter, dark energy, and dark matter.
In the previous spacewalk conducted on last Friday, astronauts completed more than the scheduled work. This time, they started their spacewalk at 07.02 a.m. EST. They connected several new data cables. They established a mounting bracket to hold the package. They cut several pipes, which were carrying CO2 to the spectrometer.
While expressing his thoughts on the recent spacewalk, Luca Parmitano said that he got a suitable mate. They completed the connection of the second power cable within 100 minutes. Nicely done, Morgan replied to the comment of his mate. The current spacewalk officially the 10th walk-in space this year, while overall, it marks the 223rd spacewalk since the starting work of International Space Station, way back in 1998.
The spacewalk ended by 1.35 p.m. on Friday.