While we’re waiting on NASA’s Artemis I moon rocket to (maybe) finally launch this week, there’s another space event worth tuning in for: Two American astronauts currently aboard the International Space Station are taking their first spacewalk on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
NASA astronauts Josh Cassada and Frank Rubio are exiting the space station to place mounting hardware for solar arrays, which will be installed on the exterior of the ISS over the course of several planned spacewalks in the coming months. Here’s how to watch it live.
How to watch the NASA spacewalk
Live coverage of the spacewalk will begin at 10:30 p.m. AEDT on Tuesday, Nov. 15. on NASA TV, the NASA app, and NASA’s website. At 12 a.m. AEDT, the astronauts will leave the space station’s airlock to begin their installation mission. The event is expected to last about seven hours. The broadcast is expected to include footage from helmet cams as well as live commentary and feeds from both the astronauts and Mission Control. According to NASA, Cassada will be wearing a spacesuit with red stripes, while Rubio’s suit will be unmarked (in case you wanted to tell them apart).
NASA has two additional spacewalks planned for Nov. 28 and Dec. 1, though the details of which astronauts will do what and when have yet to be announced. The most recent spacewalk took place back in March.
Artemis I launch update
After a handful of disappointing delays, the long-awaited Artemis I moon rocket might finally take off early Wednesday (Nov. 16) morning, with a two-hour launch window beginning at 5:04 p.m. AEDT. There are a few maintenance issues remaining, but NASA is expected to have an update on Monday afternoon. If this Wednesday doesn’t fly, the backup dates are Nov. 19 and Nov. 25.
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