Published: Sat, May 13, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

US astronauts begin 200th spacewalk at International Space Station

US astronauts begin 200th spacewalk at International Space Station

Jack Fischer received a degree in astronautical engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1996 and was one of two astronauts to conduct the 200th spacewalk for the ISS.

Astronauts kicked off space station construction in orbit in 1998.

The photograph was taken by astronaut Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency, who will assist the spacewalkers on Friday from inside the station.

During the spacewalk, NASA's Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer on Friday "successfully replaced a large avionics box that supplies electricity and data connections to the science experiments", the United States agency said in a statement. It wasn't originally assigned as Fischer's task, so Whitson and NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, spacewalk communicator back on the ground, guided him through the steps.

Whitson and Fischer shared a second good cable, known as an umbilical, as they prepared to leave the station's airlock, which burned through some of their spacesuits' battery power. An equipment water leak has shortened the spacewalk. Whitson has performed more spacewalks than any other woman.

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Astronauts Peggy Whitson and flight engineer Jack Fischer's trek started late due to some issues, and it was cut short when a small amount of water leaked from the connection point and a hose on Fischer's suit, the Associated Press reports.

In light of that, it's pretty incredible that there haven't been any astronaut or cosmonaut deaths or serious injuries during spacewalks since they began at the station in 1998.

"Oh my gosh, this is attractive", Fischer said as he worked 250 miles above the planet. The two remaining minor tasks, installing a high-definition camera and pair of wireless antennas, will be rescheduled for a later spacewalk.

NASA's bulky white spacesuits are aging, and the same models have been in use for four decades. The 200 mark includes Russian spacewalks as well as U.S.

It was discovered as the astronauts were seated in the airlock inside the space station.

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