June 14 (UPI) — NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel will once again spend several hours outside the International Space Station. The duo will use Thursday’s spacewalk to install high definition cameras, which will offer improved views of approaching spacecraft.
Expedition 56 crewmates Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Alexander Gerst, who arrived last week, will support the spacewalk mission, which will be broadcast live on NASA TV.
Streaming coverage will begin at 6:30 a.m. ET, but the astronauts won’t make their way outside the space station until 8:10 a.m.
Gerst, of the European Space Agency, will assist Arnold and Feustel in and out of their spacewalk suits, while Auñón-Chancellor of NASA will operate the Canadarm2 robotic arm during the mission.
While Gerst and Auñón-Chancellor were training for their roles during Thursday’s mission, Arnold and Feustel spent time conducting science experiments and performing maintenance duties.
“Arnold worked with the Microgravity Science Glovebox to troubleshoot a semiconductor crystal growth experiment,” NASA announced in an update. “Feustel performed some plumbing work in the Tranquility module before relocating a pair of incubator units to support new experiments being delivered on the next SpaceX Dragon cargo mission.”
The astronauts also configured the robotics workstation, readied their spacesuits and set up the Quest airlock, all in preparation for tomorrow’s mission.
Thursday’s spacewalk will be the 211th in the history of the space station and the sixth this year. Both Arnold and Feustel are spacewalking veterans. The mission will mark Feustel’s ninth trip outside the space station and the fifth for Arnold. The spacewalk will last 6.5 hours.
“Feustel will surpass NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson’s record of 60 hours and 21 minutes to move into third place for cumulative time spent during spacewalks,” NASA confirmed.