Today, Monday, January 27, 2014, astronauts are conducting a 6-hour spacewalk at the International Space Station, with hatch opening at 9:10 am EST. If you want to get a sense of what that’s like for the astronauts, the image above is a NASA simulation of a spacewalk in December 2013 to repair a coolant pump. The Space Station — is very big. And aboard her right now are 23 SSEP experiments for Missions 3b and 4. To all those students, teachers, and partners across the SSEP communities, you should take pride in being a very real part of this remarkable adventure, and of your participation in America’s and Canada’s Space Programs.
The official NASA Press Release on the spacewalk today is provided below. It was issued last Monday. We have provided a NASA TV portal below so you can watch the spacewalk right here at the SSEP website.
January 24, 2014
MEDIA ADVISORY M14-017
NASA TV Covers Russian Spacewalk from International Space Station
NASA Television will air live coverage of a six-hour spacewalk by two Russian members of the International Space Station crew beginning at 8:30 a.m. EST Monday, Jan. 27.
Expedition 38 Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) are scheduled to venture outside the space station at 9:10 a.m. in a second attempt to install a pair of cameras on the hull of the station’s Zvezda Service Module. The cameras are part of a Canadian commercial endeavor with Roscosmos designed to downlink Earth observation imagery to Internet-based subscribers. The two cosmonauts also plan to retrieve an experiment package housed on Zvezda’s hull.
An initial effort to install the cameras Dec. 27 proved unsuccessful when flight controllers at the Russian Mission Control Center outside Moscow could not receive data from the cameras. The expedition crew members performed troubleshooting on several cable connectors and now believes the problem has been solved.
The spacewalk will be the sixth in Kotov’s career and the third for Ryazanskiy. Kotov will be designated as extravehicular (EV) crew member 1, and Ryazanskiy will be EV2. Both spacewalkers will wear Russian Orlan spacesuits bearing blue stripes.
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The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacks LLC, working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory. SSEP is the first pre-college STEM education program that is both a U.S. national initiative and implemented as an on-orbit commercial space venture.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), and Subaru of America, Inc. are National Partners on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.