Astronauts install antennas, make repairs during six-hour spacewalk

March 29 (UPI) — On Thursday, NASA astronauts worked for more than six hours outside the International Space Station for installation.

Though they only arrived at the space station a few days ago, Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel have already taken their first spacewalk of their mission. The walk started around 9:43 a.m. EST and wrapped up at 3:43 p.m., totaling six hours and 10 minutes for the entire spacewalk.

During their time outside ISS, the duo installed wireless communications antennas on the Tranquility module, replaced a camera assembly on the Port 1 truss and removed suspect hoses from a cooling system.

“Spacewalkers have now spent a total of 54 days and 10 hours working outside the station in support of assembly and maintenance of the orbiting laboratory,” NASA said in a blog post after the astronauts finished their work.

Space station astronauts are expecting to receive a Dragon cargo craft next week. Flight engineers Scott Tingle of NASA and Norishige Kanai of JAXA, Japan’s space agency are training for the cargo capsule’s reception.

The space station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm will help the astronauts catch and pull the craft into a docking port. Kanai will be at the arm’s control board, while Tingle will watch the Dragon’s approach.

The spacewalk was broadcast live on NASA TV.

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