Space Station Crew Completes a Trio of October Spacewalks | Summary and Q&A

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October 20, 2017
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Space Station Crew Completes a Trio of October Spacewalks

TL;DR

Astronauts perform spacewalk to prepare spare parts for future robotic replacement on the International Space Station.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What is the purpose of the spacewalk?

The purpose of the spacewalk is to prepare spare parts for future robotic replacement, ensuring the availability and functionality of critical components on the International Space Station.

Q: What is Joe Acaba working on during the spacewalk?

Joe Acaba is installing a portable foot restraint and reconfiguring cables for the installation of an enhanced high-definition camera.

Q: Why is it important to have spare parts ready for replacement?

Having spare parts ready for replacement is crucial because any component may fail on the space station. By preparing these spare parts in advance, astronauts can quickly and efficiently perform robotic replacements if necessary.

Q: How many spacewalks has Joe Acaba completed before this mission?

Joe Acaba has previously completed two spacewalks 8.5 years ago during the STS-119 mission.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Astronaut Joe Acaba is on his third spacewalk, installing a portable foot restraint and reconfiguring cables for future use of an enhanced high-definition camera.

  • The spacewalk involves preparing spare parts for potential robotic replacement in the future.

  • This work is necessary to ensure the availability and functionality of key components on the space station.

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